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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wikipedia defines SantaCon as a “mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on the streets and in bars in cities around the world.” The New York City Santa Con official Website reminds us that the celebration is completely non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and “non-sensical”. The phenomenon that has come to be known as SantaCon happens each year around Christmas time and takes its roots in an event stemming all the way back to 1994.
Before the 1994 holiday season, The Suicide Club of San Francisco, California staged its first “Santarchy” in an effort to celebrate the holidays in a completely non-commercial manner and to incorporate guerrilla street theatre and pranksterism into the season. The term “SantaCon” was eventually coined by the Cacophony Society.
Although some special interest groups have interpreted the event as a reason to violently protest capitalism, commercialism, and consumerism, the great majority of people who dress up in full Santa costume for a SantaCon event are jolly, benevolent folk, just looking to have a great time while in costume.
SantaCon conventions/meet-ups have been taking place in major cities all around the world for many years now, but now smaller towns even hold events. If you’re interested in joining the Santa Con nearest you, the first thing you should do is an internet search for SantaCon in conjunction to your nearest ‘happening’ town or city. Chances are you’ll find one within driving distance! New York City SantaCon which is held near Central Park expects to see hundreds if not thousands of Santas at this year’s December 10th event. Remember, all you need to participate is your Santa costume and a smile.