STATES CHRONICLE – Christmas is approaching and for NYC a major infamous event is taking place each year – SantaCon is coming to town.
SantaCon is going to take place this Saturday, December 12. People dress up as Santa or choose to wear other Christmas-themed clothing. What’s wrong with people enjoying the holiday spirit? Absolutely nothing. But in the past years they seem to have enjoyed the spirit in rather inappropriate ways, which made the citizens of New York fear the season to be jolly.
It looks like in previous years many SantaCon participants got very drunk in pubs and proceeded to urinate or vomit on the street. Some of them even made sexual public displays so you could imagine some people felt disturbed by the event to say the least.
The event organizers actually try to raise money for charity. If you want to participate to SantaCon and receive a pin, you should donate at least $10. Moreover, they say they will do their best to keep this year’s participants from being naughty.
Having received so many complaints, organizers decided to step up and make things a little more official. For example, this year the planned route was publicly released a few days before the event. Furthermore, organizers started talking with the police; they got a permit to gather in a park and all more than a month ago. Plus, they also agreed to tweet police about pedestrian safety.
However, many bars and even entire neighborhoods are banning the event from their area, in order to get rid of the nuisance. In 2012 and 2013, some Santas got into some street fights and got arrested while other 85 received summonses for misbehavior.
This year’s SantaCon is even more concerning for authorities in light of the recent events in Paris and California. Large groups of people can be risky if something happens as they could panic and injure themselves. Besides dressing up like a Santa could be a good way for criminals to hide themselves and to commit felonies.
All in all, the SantaCon this year will hopefully prove the organizers’ efforts weren’t for nothing and that the event is indeed what it was meant to be: a public display of joy in the name of Christmas.
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