Tim Obert, 35, of Salem was wearing a secondhand Obama mask.
“I actually got it four years ago for the last election,” he said.
The most unusual costumed tandem had to be mobster Whitey Bulger strolling next to Jesus Christ.
“Only he can get me out of trouble,” said Jay Downs, 30, of Salem, who was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with the name “Whitey” on the back.
The remark brought a smile from his angelic, white-robed sidekick, Nuno Fernandes, 29, of Salem.
A hard-core hockey fan showed up with a uniform and sign to express his anger over the current lockout in the National Hockey League.
Bobby Clinton, 22, of Cambridge, decked out in a Bruins jersey, carried a sign that read: “Out of work due to union dispute.” At his side was NHL “ice girl” Kayla Napier, 21, of Stoneham.
“It’s been horrible,” Clinton said. “I (watched) basketball for the first time in my life last night.”
The strongest political statement may have been made by Seth Craven, 19, of Peabody, who carried a sign urging support for Question 3 on Tuesday’s state ballot, the legalization of marijuana for medical use. He wore a green costume with his head sticking out from a large, plastic marijuana leaf.
“It’s a Pot Man costume,” he said. “I got it at iParty.”
Staff writer Bethany Bray contributed to this article.