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Santacon 2012: a photo and video essay

In the post that celebrated my first blogoversary earlier this month, I mentioned that I was looking forward to attending the latest Santacon as eagerly as I was awaiting any of my upcoming international travels. And this past Saturday, Santacon once again exceeded my expectations.

For the uninitiated, Santacon is an annual, all-day-long gathering of thousands of people dressed as Santas as well as an assortment of other characters (some of whom relate to the holiday season and some of whom have no particular connection to this time of year). The Santaconners run around throughout the city, pausing at various landmarks as well as watering holes. Santacon is held in dozens of countries around the world, but the one in New York City generally has the largest turnout. Ellen of the travel blog “The Time-Crunched Traveler” included Santacon on her list of “10 ways to celebrate Christmas in New York City”. (However, Ellen and I have a friendly disagreement about Santacon, as she doesn’t appreciate the event in the way that I do. In fact, she wrote, “[Santacon] is not really something I have a desire to actually participate in.” But as far as I’m concerned, she’s missing out! :))

My blog post about the 2011 edition of Santacon, which you can read here, provides more background on what Santacon is all about.

The 2012 Santacon in New York City got underway in Hudson River Park at Pier 84, at 10:00 a.m.

Some of the many assembled participants at the starting location: Hudson River Park at Pier 84. Of course, there were far to many Santas to fit in the frame of a single shot.

Some of the many assembled participants at the starting location: Hudson River Park at Pier 84. Of course, there were far too many Santas to fit in the frame of a single shot.

This is what happens when Santas start drinking at 10 a.m.

This is what happens when Santas start drinking at 10 a.m.

In the backdrop in these shots you can see the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a floating museum built on an aircraft carrier. The Intrepid was where I visited a Space Shuttle in August 2012.

Here I am at Santacon 2012, with one of the best Santas I’ve ever seen:

Here I am yesterday at Santacon 2012. The guy standing next to me looked the most authentic of any of the thousands of Santas in attendance, even though he wasn't actually wearing a traditional Santa suit.

The guy standing next to me here looked the most authentic of any of the thousands of Santas in attendance, even though he wasn’t actually wearing a traditional Santa suit.

One of the things that makes Santacon so special is the boundless creativity displayed by the participants. Continue reading

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