Depending on where you stand, SantaCon is probably either a whimsical excuse to get dressed up as jolly old St. Nick and get trashed with your bros or a living nightmare in which unruly out-of-towners take it upon themselves to personally ruin your neighborhood for one night. And this year’s Con, which went down last Saturday, was no different. DNAinfo has a hilariously deadpan report of some of the evenings’s most egregious complaints.
There was the Santa who was taken, handcuffed, to Washington Heights’ New York Presbyterian Hospital after falling and knocking out two teeth, who could be heard yelling “You’re all a bunch of pussies,” at a group of hospital patrons as he walked by, for instance.
Or, there was the group of guys who gave the middle finger to a young Midtown girl during the day. “She was full of Christmas joy and they ruined it,” said the girl’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous.
The counterargument offered up by SantaCon-supporters is that the event’s participating venues raise funds, donating a portion of their proceeds–at least $20,000 total, this year–to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Participants also donated roughly 6,000 pounds of canned food to City Harvest.
Wherever you stand, however, there’s no denying that the event’s spectacle–hordes of adults dressed head-to-toe in red and white, drunkenly parading through the city–which was best summed up by Midtown resident Katherine Consuelo-Johnson. “Santa is a role model for young children. You know, if you are naughty or nice kind of thing,” she said. “Running around a family neighborhood with a 24-pack of Bud Light dressed as Santa seems to be how adults get their jollies nowadays. Talk about pathetic.”