Here’s Why There’s No Difference Between St. Patrick’s Day and SantaCon

November 25, 2014 | Bucky Turco

For some reason, 2014 is the year to hate SantaCon. Although the annual drinkfest has had its detractors in the past, the backlash is more concentrated than ever with bar owners, community organizations and even the City of New York, officially rejecting the group’s repeated attempts to establish a kicking-off-point for attendees.

But how come this same level of NIMBY outrage isn’t directed at the city’s other annual drinkfest — no not New Year’s Eve — St. Patrick’s Day? It too is rife with public drunkenness, brawls, and lots of lewd behavior. Oddly, it doesn’t generate nearly the same level of scrutiny from the locals.

To show the commonality between the two, ANIMAL culled YouTube clips of both events from over the years (click video above). Despite the many similarities, we will concede at least one major difference: one group wears green, the other wears red.

(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)