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In 1922 in New York City, the tradition escalated into the Straw Hat Riot, which lasted eight days, involved a mob of 1,000 young hat destroyers at its peak, and resulted in a number of arrests and injuries.
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Its cold-weather counterpart was "Felt Hat Day", occurring in September or October.
The practice of wearing formal hats largely disappeared by the mid-1900s; however, as late as 1963, Straw and Felt Hat Day were commemorated in an editorial in the New York Times.
Being made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat.