For Danbury area food banks, Boughton in chicken suit races staffer in unicorn costume

Photo of Julia Perkins

DANBURY — Dressed like a chicken, the mayor faced off Friday with a city staffer in a unicorn costume.

This was part of a competition between the two to see who could raise the most money for the Feeding Our Neighbors Challenge, which benefits Danbury area food banks.

Mayor Mark Boughton and Taylor O’Brien, the city’s public relations coordinator, raced in costume from City Hall to the library.

O’Brien has garnered $6,665 to help feed Danbury area families during the holiday season, while Boughton trails behind with about $5,476 in donations.

Nearly $82,400 has been raised so far for the entire challenge, as of Friday afternoon. The goal is to reach $100,000.

The original plan was to make the loser run in costume. But, with numbers close, both raced instead.

Police shut down one side of the street for the race. Boughton and O’Brien crossed the finish line at the same time, arms raised.