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SantaCon and the Millions March protest converge in New York City

One march is for justice. The other is to get drunk while wearing a silly hat.


Rae Votta


Posted on Dec 13, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:02 am CDT

Two major events brought New Yorkers to the streets Saturday in droves, and they couldn’t be more different in nature. 

First, SantaCon, an annual gathering of people dressed as Santa for no reason other than “it’s fun,” according to their web site, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The event is known for public displays of drunkenness by its participants, and is at its essence a massive, costumed bar crawl.

At the same time, the Millions March, a protest in response to Ferguson and Eric Garner, and against racial injustice and police misconduct, took to the streets, starting in Washington Square Park. It’s one of the many protest marches taking place nationwide this weekend in response to deaths at the hands of police.

Although the two events kicked off in different parts of the city, by late afternoon they began to merge, as many pointed out on social media. Most pointed out the absurdity of the two events coexisting in the city.

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However, some found reason to celebrate the overlap: Fighting injustice while wearing festive holiday attire.

Screenshot via garyhe/Twitter

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*First Published: Dec 13, 2014, 6:42 pm CST