Our Santacon coverage is ‘Claus’ for celebration

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Ho ho ho — DUMBO!

Holiday heathens turned Brooklyn into a winter wonderland on Saturday during the 13th annual Santacon pub crawl.

Hundreds of revelers dressed in their flimsiest red and white felt jackets and store-bought curly white fake beards headed to Brooklyn Bridge Park early for the start of their long day’s drinking into night.

But Santa didn’t drink alone — he brought some of his favorite friends.

We thought the best costumes at Santacon were Christmas creatures inspired by holiday folklore, such as sexy red-nosed reindeer, cheerful elves, color-coordinated drummer boys, and Jesus Christ himself who still needed to bring his New Jersey driver’s license with him because he failed to turn water into wine.

The crowd raised a glass at the Water Street Restaurant before snaking its way to the Brooklyn Bridge footpath across the East River to Manhattan.

But one astute Santa scrawled out “Occupy North Pole” on some plywood on the bridge in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and promised to bring each and every one of the protesters “99 presents.”

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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