Mon Dec 10 2007
I have to hand it to Santa: Dude has one tough job. Well, that’s if his job feels anything like the 18-hour pub crawl known as SantaCon. Along with a few hundred (possibly a thousand) other St. Nick wanna-bes, I woke up Saturday morning and put on my red suit. I’d love to tell you that I made some really creative costume, but alas, my little number, which the package calls “Santa’s Inspiration,” came from the Halloween Adventure store. And thus began a day of utter Santarchy. Check out my admittedly hazy photo diary of the day’s adventures:
10am: Gathered at Pier 45 and began our Santa crawl to Spring and Greenwich Streets. In between shouts of “Santa’s on the move, Santa’s on the move,” I overheard one fratastic gentleman say, “Hey, did you see those two reindeer making out?” Ah, only at SantaCon.
11:30am: Santa’s on the move again. This time he takes the subway to Times Square. Tourists gawk as our group of Santas, reindeer, Alf elves (I kid you not) and Hanukkah Harrys infiltrates the streets.
11:45am: Finally, Santa gets his beer at a highly prepared Times Square pub. Choruses of dirty carols ensue. Think “Deck my balls” and the like.
1pm: Santa makes his way to Grand Central, where he completely takes over the Oyster Bar. Santa’s bartender was more than happy to serve all the jolly good souls. This Santa sneaks her beer out in someone else’s Santa cap. Brown bags be damned.
2-ish pm: An increasingly belligerent group of Santas take the 5 train to Union Square. Our dirty carols garner us some dirty looks from unspirited passengers.
3-something pm: We head to Tompkins Square Park for the remainder of the afternoon. At some point, I’m dancing on a park bench, drinking a Heineken (still out of my Santa cap) and singing some rendition of "Jingle Bells" at the top of my lungs. There’s an elf doing some complicated-looking hula-hoop moves, and I vaguely remember calling my mother and wishing her a very merry Christmas. She must be so proud to have such a classy, Jewish daughter...
4:30pm: So much for 18 hours. This Santa is passed out after six and a half.