This Saturday was the third time Fort Lauderdale celebrated the annual Christmas-themed pub crawl, SantaCon. We were already dedicated to participating before it was brought to our attention that there've been some mixed feelings about the nationwide event.
Some people, particularly certain bar owners, feel as though the event has gotten out of hand. This distain derives primarily from the bar fights, public urination, and vomiting, along with all around sloppiness, that some claim comes with the SantaCon territory. People have even gone so far as to make anti-SantaCon websites. Others, however, feel differently. Norman Siegel, civil rights attorney, defends the rights of SantaCon attendees and stated in an episode of The Daily Show that these Santas do have a right to parade the streets.
Regardless of what anyone says, SantaCon initially started as a satirical prank. In 1994, Santas rallied against the commercialization of Christmas in San Francisco with 34 participants crashing elite parties to "shock people." The event was not intended to be a reoccurring booze fest, but ten years later, the event is still going strong. In fact, with the numbers of attendees growing exponentially over the years, the event is even stronger than in earlier years.
Despite the criticism SantaCon has received, we still believe that there are more pros than cons. Sure, there are some bad Santas out there that tend to give it a bad rap, but there are just as many good Kris Kringles as naughty ones. We may not be able to keep a naughty or nice list like Jordan Klepper suggests on the aforementioned Daily Show segment, but we found joy in SantaCon. Here's how.