Santacon, an annual pub crawl in which thousands of young people in Santa Claus costumes roam – or stagger – the streets of Manhattan, has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said.
The event, which was slated for December 12, is aimed at raising money for charity, but more than a few locals might view the cancellation as an early Christmas present.
During Santacon, the Santa Claus hordes usually move from bar to bar, taking down hits. Complaints of heckling, intoxicated participants, and public urination usually follow.
“All the reindeer received the ‘Rona, so the Elves advised Santa not to celebrate in person,” the organizers wrote on their website https://santacon.nyc earlier this week.
Instead, organizers encouraged readers to consider playing a drinking game at home or donating to a charity that is providing food for workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
The decision was forced by emergency rules imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
Cuomo has banned public gatherings of more than 10 people, shortened the opening hours of bars and restaurants, and demanded that alcohol be served only with a substantial portion of food.
The event has its origins in San Francisco in 1994 with the aim of satirizing Christmas consumerism. New York According to the organizers, the city hosts the largest branch of Santacon. The fate of similar events in other cities was not clear.
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