Red-suited SantaCon pub crawl revelers get jolly in NYC

Associated Press

New York — Red-suited revelers fanned out across New York City’s bars Saturday despite efforts by a community group to deter the annual pub crawl known as SantaCon.

Revellers take part in Santacon outside The Flatiron Building on December 10, 2016, in New York The annual event sees people in Santa Claus suits visiting their favorite bars.

Fliers that claimed SantaCon had been canceled went up in some neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn as the holiday bacchanal approached.

The group behind the fliers, New York City Residents, wants the rowdy event to shut down permanently.

SantaCon has ballooned to thousands of people over the years. It grew from a 1994 San Francisco “Santarchy” that satirized Christmas consumerism into bashes in over 300 cities. New York’s is generally the biggest, an event that has earned an out-of-control reputation with summonses in the past issued for disorderly conduct and other offenses, and online videos of brawling St. Nicks.

Revellers take turns riding a luggage trolley as they take part in Santacon outside Euston Station on December 10, 2016 in London, England. Santacon is an annual parade taking place in cities around the world and sees revellers dressed in Father Christmas costumes take to the streets to spread seasonal cheer.

Organizers describe SantaCon as a creative take on holiday traditions of festive dress and good cheer. They say it also raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

Metro-North, NJ Transit and the Long Island Rail enforced an alcohol ban on trains and stations in anticipation of the event.