The Donkeys Around Town program is a civic initiative of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention. In celebration of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys were painted by local artists to represent the fifty states, Washington, D.C. and the six U.S. territories. The donkeys, the symbol of the Democratic Party, were displayed from July 1 – August 23, 2016 at popular sites and attractions throughout Philadelphia. The Donkeys are currently being shipped to their new homes in their perspective states, while nine of them are currently up for auction.
The Donkeys Around Town program included a social media campaign as well as a scavenger hunt - facilitated through an app that was created specifically for this program - in order to engage residents, delegates and visitors in the excitement around the Convention and make everyone feel like they were part of the action in Philadelphia during Convention week.