Get the Pitchforks, SantaCon NYC Confirmed for December 12
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SantaCon 2014, Photo: Gaminette
Here we go again.
There had been some hope that SantaCon organizers wouldn’t announce a date for New York City. After all, its social media presence for the area remained uncharacteristically silent for much of the last couple months. However, with Halloween in the past, SantaCon 2015 was officially announced Monday evening. Via tweet.
Date for this year’s shitshow is set for December 12. Apparently they’re “cookin’ up something brand new this year” in order to better “paint the town red and white.” By this they actually mean piss and defecate in the streets … and even the casual hand-job inside a Duane Reade.
Last year was a total PR disaster for the annual Santa-themed pub crawl. Not only was their clandestine organizational structure revealed, but the backlash created such momentum that mainstream media outlets had a field day. You’ll recall our findings that one “Costume” Jim Glaser is the ringleader behind SantaCon and that he simultaneously sat on the board of Figment NYC, an organization that admittedly benefitted from the event proceeds. Jim later resigned from the board due to heightened pressure.
SantaCon got its start in San Francisco in 1994 when a small group of people dressed as Santa marched through the streets, crashed parties and looked for harmless ways to shock people. No liquor was involved. Twenty years later, though, the irreverent merry making event has been co-opted and run into the ground by frat culture. It has devolved into an anonymous text-orchestrated pub crawl for bros and hos who gather at 10AM sharp to start drinking and continue to do so until 4AM the following morning, all in the name of charity.
It remains to be seen whether local establishments participate or if opposition snowballs again. Nevertheless, it’s safe to assume that the LES Dwellers will be out again in full force…
[h/t EV Grieve]