New York City puts clamps on SantaCon
December 13, 2013 10:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Red-suited revelers are set to throng New York City’s streets and taverns this weekend, but organizers say they aim to have a more orderly SantaCon come to town this year.

Complaints about boorish, bar-hopping St. Nicks at previous SantaCons got attention from local officials and police.

So now the event’s ringleaders are pledging to advise police of their usually guarded plans and have volunteers help control the roving crowd Saturday.

The event’s website vows that they’re “cleaning up Santa’s act.”

SantaCon events unfold in more than 300 cities worldwide. The New York celebration is one of the biggest. It attracts tens of thousands of people, by some estimates.

Enthusiasts say it aims to put a cheeky spin on holiday traditions while generating money for both bars and charities.

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