He's big. He's orange. And crowds love him. He's Gritty, the mascot for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and he came to South by Southwest on Saturday.

Appearing at the Comcast NBCUniversal House on Rainey Street , Gritty emerged from the top of a staircase and met his adoring public for photos, live videos and general googly-eyed antics. Watch a video from the scene above.

See more photos of the mascot's SXSW takeover, too.