A swarm of red and white will overrun the streets of Vancouver this Saturday for Santacon 2014 – the annual worldwide merrymaking gathering of people dressed up as Santa Claus.
The flash mob Santa-lookalike event first began at San Francisco in 1994 and now spans hundreds of cities in more than 40 countries. The participants in the “Santarchy” event dress up like Santa or other Christmas characters, and in most cities the mass stroll through the city streets also doubles as a holiday pub crawl.
It’s not a political statement, although some in Vancouver and other cities have tried to make it into one over several occasions. In the end, in simplest of terms, Santacon is a bunch of grown-up people having fun and celebrating the holiday season.
According to Vancouver organizers on Facebook, this year’s local Santacon will start at noon on Saturday, December 13 outside St. Augustine’s Craft Brew House & Kitchen on Commercial Drive. In previous years, the Santas boarded SkyTrain and made their way to downtown Vancouver.
Participants in this Saturday’s event have been asked to “stay naughty.”
Feature Image: Dustin Quasar via Flickr