NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – When red-suited revelers throng the city’s streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to mention spirits. But to others, it’s the blight before Christmas.
After complaints about boorish, bar-hopping St. Nicks got attention from local officials and police, the event’s ringleaders are trying to quell the SantaCon-troversy ahead of this year’s gathering Saturday.
They’re pledging to advise police of their usually guarded plans, have volunteers help control the roving crowd of Kringles and send the message that SantaCon is a meant to be a “festive culture jam,” not a bad-Santa bender.
“This year,” the event’s website vows, “we are cleaning up Santa’s act.”