They were everywhere.
Thousands of boozed-up Santas, reindeer, elves and other Christmas icons invaded New York City Saturday for SantaCon 2011 -- the annual Running of the Santas through the bars and BBQ joints of NYC.
Brooklyn Heights Blog) and drank and sang their way through six bars open at that ungodly hour: the Water Street Restaurant, Galapagos Art Space, Pub One, Rebar, 68 Jay Street and Superfine.
Then they made their sloppy way over the Brooklyn Bridge to join the Manhattan Santas at South Street Seaport, where tourists thought they had stepped into an alternate North Pole universe.
Tens of thousands invaded Grand Central Station, where they tried to take in the huge new Apple Store, which just opened Friday.
And other things.
After a day of non-stop debauchery, one tired Santa heads home.
The Brooklyn Cacophony Society was the original sponsor of Santacon in 1998. The secretive Society said in 2005 that SantaCon is: “a not-for-profit, nonpolitical, non-religious demented Santa Clause convention. We do it for no reason. SantaCon happens in major cities all over the world.” (Here's a photo from that first SantaCon.)
SantaCon participants donate cans of food to charity and patronize bars that give a percentage of their proceeds to Toys for Tots.
UPDATE: Now that hipsters have discovered SantaCon, is it sooo over? Gothamist
More photos of Santacon 2011:
SantaCon Revelers Say 'Ho, Ho, Ho!' DNAinfo
Photos at Gothamist
Drunk Santas Take Over NYC for Christmas: Daily Mail
Photos at NBC
- You Better Watch Out: SantaCon Is Coming to Town
- SantaCon 2010
Photos by MK Metz
Video by TechServeUSA
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