NEW YORK (AP) — Red-suited revelers have fanned out across New York City's bars despite efforts by a community group to deter the annual pub crawl known as SantaCon.
Fliers that claimed SantaCon had been canceled went up in some neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn as Saturday's holiday bacchanal approached.
The group behind the fliers, New York City Residents, wants the rowdy event to shut down permanently.
SantaCon has ballooned to thousands of people over the years. It grew from a 1994 San Francisco "Santarchy" that satirized Christmas consumerism into bashes in over 300 cities. New York's SantaCon has earned a bad-Santa reputation over the years.
Organizers describe SantaCon as a creative take on holiday traditions of festive dress and good cheer. They say it also raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity.