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Here comes SantaCon right down Drunkin’ Claus Lane

Brooklyn Daily

’Tis the season for gift giving, eggnog, Christmas carols, and, oh yeah, the drunken SantaCon where grown men and women get trashed and wander around the city dressed up as old Saint Nick.

How charming.

This Saturday, hundreds, nay, thousands of drunken, disorderly Kris Kringles will descend on Greenwich Village then crawl from bar to bar as they drink themselves silly.

At a time when we are all worried about employment, how to take care of our kids, and life without incandescent bulbs (which is, of course, fodder for another column), all these folks can do to celebrate the season is to dress up in Santa suits and make asses of themselves?

Brilliant.

The tradition of SantaCon begin in 1994, in, of all places, San Francisco. What a surprise. That party was sponsored by the San Francisco Cacophony Society, and was inspired by an idea thought up by that area’s Suicide Club. How appropriate.

Anyway, as most inane things begin — and this is no exception — that prank was loosely based on a Danish event where a political group dressed up as Santa and mobbed a Copenhagen department store just before Christmas.

Over the years, it morphed into an excuse for drunken debauchery, revelry, and lots of overtime for our police — according to an article in the New York Post, it has become so out of control that the NYPD is planning to deploy extra cops.

Well, you know those elves: a little bit of ’nog and a whole lot of trouble.

So fresh on the heals of millions in overtime checks thanks to the debacle at Zuccotti park, the police are called upon yet again, and the taxpayer — that’s you and me — pays the price.

Jingle, jingle, ’tis the sound of the coffers being drained.

Lalji Guha, a bartender at the Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street told the Post stated, “Their whole idea is to be jerks.”

Not for Nuthin™, but calling these reeling, drunken Santas jerks is an insult to jerks everywhere.

Joanna DelBuono's column appears every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. She can be reached at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com.

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Sean from LES says:
You seem to have failed to mention that all participants are asked to bring at least two non-perishable items for the NYC Food Bank and many of the bars along the route have chosen to donate a portion of their Santacon proceeds to Toys for Tots. So much for due diligence at the Brooklyn Daily.
Dec. 7, 2011, 9:57 am
Anna from Prospect Heights says:
If you go by Facebook RSVPs, approximately 10,000 people participated in Santacon last year, many visiting NYC from out of town to attend. If you estimate that each participant spent approximately $50 on food, drinks and transportation (a conservative estimate), that's half a million dollars into the NYC economy: all going into the pockets of local small-business owners. Whether or not you're personally offended by the event, the argument that it hurts NYC taxpayers is pretty weak.
Dec. 7, 2011, 10:55 am
Steve from Chelsea says:
Exactly, great rebuttal people. Unless you are willing to do the math on the fiscal returns to the city ( transportation, santa suits, alcohol, food, tips, etc.) it's probably best you not speculate that the overtime exceeds any gains being made. Not to mention the fines levied out to the small amount of idiots who will be there.
Dec. 8, 2011, 3:05 pm
Chris from EV says:
Clearly Brooklyn Daily only sees one half of the equation. Pretty basic stuff to analyze and wrap your head around. Very weak argument/opinion.
Dec. 9, 2011, 6:46 pm
John from Bensonhurst says:
I would like to see SantaCon meet Occupy Wall Street. Imagine the look on the protestors faces when thousands of people dressed like Santa descend on Zuccotti Park.
Dec. 10, 2011, 4:20 am

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