Its the week of Valentine's Day, which is a holiday that is equal parts horrifying and delightful, depending on who you talk to. While those in the throws of new love find it an excuse to shower each other with affection, single folks can sometimes be a bit irritated by the constant chocolate and jewelry commercials. But hardcore fans of NBC's Parks & Recreation will know that there is an entirely separate holiday to celebrate, one that doesn't require a date or love interest. I'm talking about Galentine's Day, the holiday where Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope showers her female friends with love and gifts. Buckle up Parks & Rec fans, because a bunch of the cast reunited for the annual holiday. Check it out.
If you were feeling down about Valentine's Day, this photo might just make you change your mind. Because although Parks & Recreation ended with an emotional 2015 finale, Leslie Knope's influence and spirit is still alive today. Just check out these gals on Galentine's Day, thanks to Rashida Jones' Instagram post.
Galentine's Day made its debut back in the Season 2 episode titled after it. The day before Valentine's Day, Leslie Knope would take all of her female friends (and mother) and shower them with gifts and love. Knope was always one to try and unite her female friends, which wasn't always easy-- especially with Aubrey Plaza's April. While originally meant to just a be a cold open, Galentine's Day would end up popping up multiple times throughout the show's long tenure on NBC.
In the above photo, you can see Amy Poehler alongside Parks & Rec actors Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, and Kathryn Hahn. While Retta was noticeably missing (she's probably busy filming NBC's Good Girls), fans of the beloved sitcom will be happy to see so many of the ladies together for Galentine's Day. In particular, seeing Jones and Poehler together make me feel like Leslie and Ann are still best friends. They must be; Leslie would never let Ann get away from her for good.
You can catch the very first Galentine's Day segment below, and get transported back to Pawnee, Indiana.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Leslie Knope should be our next president.
While Parks & Recreations has been off the air for a few years, Galentine's Day has only continued to gain more steam. With plenty of fans binge watching the series for the first time on Netflix, there are new fans finding the show everyday.
Happy Galentine's Day to all! And I guess Valentine's Day too. Make sure to catch Parks & Recreation on Netflix. And in the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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