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Controversy Erupts Over Santacon 2013: Brooklyn Santacon Scheduled December 21

By December 13, 2013

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SANTACON BROOKLYN CANCELLED

I RECEIVED THIS EMAIL ON DEC. 20:  Hi all, Santa regrets to inform everyone that the 2013 Brooklyn SantaCon has been
cancelled for this year:( The Damn Sleigh broke down in the North Pole and the
elves won't have it fixed in time for Saturday!! We're glad that NYC held it down
last week, despite the snow. At least Brooklyn got a piece of the action!

 Just because Santa can't make it doesn't mean Christmas is over for the kiddies! Please support the Dear Santa Toy Drive by donating to a homeless child in need at
www.dearsantabrooklyn.com and spread the holiday cheer!
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Tomorrow, Saturday, Santacon 2013 is coming to Manhattan, but won't be in Brooklyn until next weekend.

When is Santacon Brooklyn? Santacon Brooklyn's website says "We will be starting at 2 pm on Saturday, December 21st at Alice's Arbor in Brooklyn, NY (Located at 549 Classon on the corner of Fulton Street). This year, since we're hosting a week after NY SantaCon, all of the Manhattan Santas get a chance to join us, too!"

What is Santacon? Expect to see hundreds, maybe thousands of twenty and thirty year olds dressed up in holiday costumes --Santas,elves, and more inventive variations on the theme -- racing around to party, have fun, donate canned foods to charity and raise some funds for good works. For years it's been a hugely popular, now international way to celebrate the holidays, en masse and in costume.

Controversy: But a brouhaha has erupted over what was once harmless, fun counter cultural street theater. There have been too many incidents of drunken "Santas" engaging in public urinating, vomiting, brawling and more -- viewable on You Tube videos. A few days ago the Daily News ran an article saying "Police in Hell's Kitchen and Midtown are warning bar owners that thousands of Santas planning to attend the annual event Dec. 14 are likely to be both drunk and disorderly." Today's NY Times ran an op ed by writer Jason Gilbert, a resident of Greenwich Village in Manhattan, calling on the NYPD to better control the event through ticketing and a beefed up presence, saying, "On Saturday, a festive, besotted mob of 20- and 30-somethings, decked out in various measures of Santa Claus dress and undress, will descend on the bars of lower New York City and rain down Christmas cheer like spoiled eggnog."

So far, most of the problem has apparently surfaced in Manhattan. We'll see what happens next weekend in Brooklyn.

More scoop on Santacon.

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December 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm
(1) Katherine says:

FYI:
2ND ANNUAL BROOKLYN SANTACON ~2013~ !! **CANCELLED**

IMPORTANT UPDATE 12/16/13: ****2013 BK SANTACON CANCELLED*****

Hi all, Santa regrets to inform everyone that the 2013 Brooklyn SantaCon has been cancelled for this year:( The Damn Sleigh broke down in the North Pole and the elves won’t have it fixed in time for Saturday!! We’re glad that NYC held it down last week, despite the snow. At least Brooklyn got a piece of the action!

Just because Santa can’t make it doesn’t mean Christmas is over for the kiddies!

Please support the Dear Santa Toy Drive by donating to a homeless child in need at http://www.dearsantabrooklyn.com and spread the holiday cheer!

Thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience!!

Sincerely, Santa

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