Drunken Santas Storm Midtown

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009  |  Updated 10:34 AM EDT
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Drunken Santas

Drunken Santas

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Nearly 1,000 Santa impersonators descended on Midtown Saturday, causing holiday chaos.

For several years now, in cities across the country, dozens of booze-hungry folks have donned their Santa gear and embarked on the epic bar crawl known as Santacon.
 
On Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Santas assembled in New York City – the location is kept secret until 12 hours beforehand -- for "a frantic 15 to 48 hour life cycle, gorging on booze, fornicating, and spreading an overwhelming stench of cheer."
 
All are welcome and the rules are simple. Proper apparel is mandatory, and you must maintain an appropriately Santa-like jollity and eschew press coverage.
 
Perhaps the most important rule is Santa doesn't get arrested. To that end, participants are told to not mess with kids, cops, security or Santa.

This year, it only took an hour for police to show up. Cops were called at about 11 a.m. when the drunk and unruly Kris -- and Kristine – Kringles started to tie up traffic.

The gathering was part of a nationwide call to dress up like Santa -- and just have a good time.

Be careful out there.

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