SantaCon returns to NYC despite the rise of the Omicron variant

SantaCon, the popular Christmas-themed bar in New York City, has descended on Manhattan once again, after last year’s iteration was canceled due to Covid.

Even before the worldwide pandemic, the event was notorious in the city, as hordes of people dressed in red and white would spend a weekend each year walking through the city, vomiting in the street. streets, fight and generally earn your place. in the naughty list.

Now, this year’s renewal events come as the Omicron variant is available in nearly half of the US states. New York had 13 Omicron cases in the city as of Friday, while the state saw 11,000 new cases of Covid on Saturday and 80 new deaths.

“After a year like that inside, I would collect all the information, all the facts, I don’t care. I’m getting ready for anything,” said a woman dressed as Cindy Lou Who told CBS New York. “At this point, I mean, what can we do? We will enjoy ourselves. Some people may get sick, but we are vaccinated. If you don’t, you’re taking your chances. “

More than 50 bars in Manhattan and other locations are participating in this year’s SantaCon, where proof of vaccinations is required. The event raises hundreds of thousands of charity funds each year and gives participants the chance to showcase their creativity and party well, according to attendees.

“I love celebrating the holidays and it’s a great way to get all the extra food donations and bring more food to the homeless,” said participant Ali Luminescent tell NY1. “I am most excited to see people’s beautiful and homemade outfits. I think it’s a really great opportunity for creativity and for the arts community to express themselves for a good cause. ”

Organizers canceled last year’s event due to the coronavirus.

They wrote of the decision in 2020: “All reindeer have ‘rona’, the elves advised Santa to stop playing in person. Good list! We all are! stay together so to keep the spirit alive we have to social distance and wear masks. Looking ahead to 2021.”

Oddly enough, the annual bash has originates from a Danish work of performance art since the 1970s. A group of anarchists and liberal souls dressed as santas to protest against consumerism and inequality, an event that inspired imitation in America, eventually morphed into today’s roving parties. SantaCon returns to NYC despite the rise of the Omicron variant


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