NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — SantaCon is again in New York City this yr.
Santa Clauses flocked to Times Square on Saturday morning to kick off the occasion.
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From a Santa giving out free hugs and elbow bumps to the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, folks with all types of costumes have been within the crowd to welcome again the annual bar crawl.
“After such a year inside, I’m going to every crawl, every event, I don’t care. I’m getting dressed up for everything,” mentioned a lady dressed up as Cindy Lou Who.
The New York vacation staple is making its comeback with COVID instances within the metropolis on the rise.
“At this point, I mean, what can we do? We’re going to enjoy ourselves. Some people might get sick, but we got vaccinated. If you didn’t, you’re taking your chances,” mentioned “Cindy Lou Who.”
A SantaCon map on-line lists 50-plus venues from Midtown to the East Village.
“Everybody has to have their vax card. We’re totally friendly with the police and all the rules of New York City, so venues are allowing people to come in if they’re vaccinated,” one organizer mentioned.
One venue informed CBS2’s Leah Mishkin it is a massive monetary enhance after a troublesome lockdown. Long traces could possibly be seen outdoors lots of the spots on the bar crawl.
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“I think it’s a bad idea because we saw with the anime con, like, Omicron got spread,” a lady named Peggy mentioned.
Some New Yorkers discover SantaCon as interesting as a cockroach in your house.
A SantaCon attendee wearing a cockroach costume informed CBS2, “I’m just here to spread the word you can’t kill SantaCon, just like me.”
“I’m not a fan because I worked in the restaurants and they like to get drunk and just kind of a nuisance,” Peggy mentioned.
There was even a change.org petition with greater than 800 signatures to cancel SantaCon, saying it leaves behind a “trail of fistfights, vomit, urine and garbage.”
“A few years ago, as a New Yorker, I thought it was absolutely annoying because it would just be packed up in the subway, but today, I’m actually happy they’re back,” New York City resident Renee Cummings mentioned. “SantaCon being back says New York City is back for good.”
So far, there haven’t been stories of any arrests, in contrast to in earlier years.
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CBS2’s Leah Mishkin contributed to this report.