Dean Martin used to sing, ‘Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!’ and that’s exactly what it’s doing in New York City today. Unfortunately for some holiday shoppers and fun spirited people, especially those dressed up as Santa, they may see a lot of drunk Santas in the streets as the day goes on.
As Winter Storm Benji brought snow, revelers braved the weather for New York City’s annual pub crawl as SantaCon kicked off this Saturday morning.
Thousands of brave shoppers, cheerful drinkers and Santa clones began there journey as the flurries fell.
Even though a weather advisory is in place until early Sunday morning, SantaCon ends around 7pm.
Of course, if you think 4 inches of snow is going to stop these dedicated SantaCon goers from participating in a bar crawl, you’re nuts! These revelers have kind of a reputation for making ‘spirits bright’ this time of year.
The weather forecast likely won’t stop dedicated SantaCon goers – who have a reputation for making the most of the holiday tradition each year.
SantaCon isn’t just happening in New York City. The event also takes place in 380 cities in America and 51 other countries.
But even though it’s celebrated around the world, it’s NYC’s SantaCon that is the most widely known.
According to the Daily Mail, last year, police swarmed the city as thousands of people dressed in red, white and green crowded together early Saturday and continued the bash into Sunday morning.
Police received numerous complaints about disorderly conduct during the pub crawl in recent years.
While no arrests were reported in 2016, ‘100 summonses were issued to people dressed like Santa Claus for offenses falling into the disorderly conduct category,’ according to Patch.com.
These offenses include, but are not limited to: ‘peeing in public, being overly drunk in public and drinking on the street.’
Police say SantaCon goers who are slapped with tickets can expect to appear in court and pay hefty fines.
Fueled early Saturday by cigarettes and peppermint schnapps, the annual holiday boozefest began beneath the Corinthian columns of the Farley Post Office.
Comedian Mike Oldroyd, 31, sported a picture-perfect elf outfit as he offered a defense of the oft-derided pre-Christmas party.
“We’re having fun, we’re getting in the Christmas spirit, we’re kicking off the festivities, interacting with people, and we’re going to have a couple beers,” the Manhattan man explained.
“I don’t personally plan on getting drunk. Anybody who gets out of control takes away from the spirit of the day.”
While I can imagine the 19th annual charity event may endure some backlash from New Yorkers repulsed by the sight of Santas vomiting or urinating in the street, it looks to be a fun and well attended event.
NYPD reported zero arrests in the first few hours of SantaCon, but my guess is that will change as celebrants move from bar to bar throughout the day.
As the Christmas songs play and the shoppers hustle, let’s hope the ‘spirits stay bright’ as the snow continues to fall in NYC during their annual SantaCon event.
‘Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.’