The annual tradition, which saw hoards of young people dress up as Santa Claus and take on a bar crawl to raise money for charity, announced on Thursday that rising coronavirus cases had caused organizers to call off the official event.
‘All of the reindeer got the ‘rona,’ a post of the event’s website jokes, ‘so the elves have advised Santa to hold off on the in-person merriment.’
The New York City SantaCon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is pictured above in 2019 as hundreds of revelers took to Times Square
‘All of the reindeer got the ‘rona,’ a post of the Santacon event’s website jokes as it announces its cancelation, ‘so the elves have advised Santa to hold off on the in-person merriment
The website then advises some ways to ‘spread merriment (not infection) this year’ by donating to frontline workers or by playing a holiday drinking game at home.
‘2020: The year there was no Santcon,’ the post adds. ‘Remain home and stay on the good list!
‘We are all in this together so to keep the spirit alive, we have to socially distance and wear a mask. Looking forward to 2021.’
The annual Santacon pub crawl describes itself as ‘a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical Christmas parade’ where people are encouraged to dress in festive outfits for charity.
Revelers generally dress head-to-toe in red and white to flood the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn joined by elves and snowmen.
The parade, that originated in San Francisco in 1994, invites people to ‘join the naughty list’ and down drinks in bars and open spaces.
It moved to New York City four years later and is now a tradition in more than 60 cities across the world.
Santacon warns people not be ‘that’ Santa, advising not ‘let your Christmas cheer become another’s grief’ after a few too many.
The tradition has become notorious for drunken antics, however, after years of alcohol-fueled incidents hit the cities where it takes place, making it unpopular with locals.
The event has become notorious for its drunk antics. Pictured above in 2019
Thousands of people descend on NYC to take on the pub crawl for charity
The bar crawl was deemed too risky this year amid the pandemic
Residents have panned the bar crawl that has previously led to brawls and arrests as revelers get out of hand.
While the NYC Santacon has been officially canceled, the crawl in Hoboken, New Jersey, appears to be continuing on December 19.
The event is still selling tickets and promoting that it will go ahead despite the rising coronavirus cases in the state.
‘The group behind some of the largest events in the nation is bringing forth the annual “SantaCon” Hoboken pub crawl for 2020!’ the website reads.
‘TheSantaCon.com is the country’s largest producer of Santa-themed holiday events. Picture thousands of Santa’s running wild through the streets of Hoboken and having access to some of the best bars you can imagine – that’s exactly what you’ll get with this great event.’
It is also unclear if unofficial Santacon events will continue in the Big Apple despite the main cancelation.
The Hoboken SantaCon is still advertising tickets as of Friday
People dressed as Santa Claus gather at Father Duffy Square for SantaCon in 2019
The official NYC event was canceled as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there were 7,000 new coronavirus cases and 67 new deaths in New York.
The number of COVID-19 patients in New York hospitals has also increased to about 2,900, which is almost one-and-a-half times the number hospitalized on November 1.
According to NBC, over the past three weeks, hospitalizations are up 128 percent.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that indoor dining and gyms across the city could close in the coming weeks if cases don’t come under control.
As of Friday, the city as a whole has not reached a 3 percent positive test rate on a seven-day rolling average — the governor’s main metric for setting orange zones where schools, indoor dining and risky nonessential businesses are shuttered.
However, City Hall says there’s little doubt it’s coming as events such as Santacon begin to close down.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk
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