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Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus march along Main St. to a pub during a SantaCon event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. According to organizers, SantaCon is being held in more than 300 locations in 44 countries.

Darryl Dyck, Associated Press - Ap

Men dressed as Santa Claus use the urinals in the restroom of a bar during a "SantaCon" event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. According to organizers, SantaCon is being held in more than 300 locations in 44 countries.

Darryl Dyck, Associated Press - Ap

Red-suited revelers hit bars for SantaCon

  • Associated Press
  • December 14, 2013 - 9:03 PM

NEW YORK — Santa Claus came to town despite snow and widespread criticism of the costumed pub crawl known as SantaCon.

New York City's SantaCon started Saturday morning in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Thousands of red-suited revelers then spread out through the city's bars and snowy streets.

This year's SantaCon takes place in New York amid criticism that the event has become too rowdy. SantaCon participants were told to make charitable donations and encouraged to bring small gifts to bestow on one another and passers-by.

Organizers say similar events were set for more than 100 other cities worldwide on Saturday, including San Francisco; Portland, Ore., Newport Beach, Calif. and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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