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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santas on Parade, in Washington Square Park

Santas in Washington Sq Park
Photo by myself in Washington Square Park, in the Village.

The 2009 SantaCon took place in full force on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people in red suits participated.

Part food drive, part costume party, this Santa convention took place in five locations in New York this year. Festivities include caroling and visits to bars in the middle of the day.

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By sheer chance, Mark and I drove to Washington Square Park Saturday afternoon. I wanted to take photos of the arch and Christmas tree.

Within the square there were literally hundreds of Santas. Santas were posing, chatting and milling about. Some waited on line for hot dogs. More Santas kept arriving by the minute. I gave an excited yelp before dashing out of the car.

Santas in Washington Sq Park

The tradition has taken place for the past 16 years. SantaCon takes place in other cities too, including London, San Fransisco and Tokyo.

Santas in Washington Sq Park

Beginning this Monday, I'll be posting one photo a week on another New York site called Five Outsiders. A relatively new site, Five Outsiders includes interviews with New Yorkers and restaurant reviews and other tidbits about New York.

Related posts: City Portrait - Washington Square Park, Cow Appreciation Day, Fifth Avenue and Greetings from New York.

7 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love this! Next year I am so there!
Great photos Kitty.

Lily Hydrangea said...

PS
I can't wait to see your photos of the tree! Did they finish putting up the lights?

Kitty said...

Hi Lily!
Strangely there weren't any lights on the tree there. I'm wondering whether they don't put lights up in case of theft, since the tree is open to everyone?

I'll go back later this week to check on it. I'd love to see that tree all decked out. It'd be amazing view at the end of Fifth Avenue.

missb@dragonflyvintage said...

Santa-Con! I love it! Great shots. I always wonder how kids react when they see multiple Santas. I know parents often say something like, Santa has lots of helpers, blah blah blah, but still.

NYC In Photographs said...

Lol, I was a the park a few days before. Ahh, I wish I knew this was on Saturday.

Great photos!

valeria said...

Great Christmas photo, Kitty, really really nice!

Katie said...

Yay! I was there last year as well. Kind of bummed I missed it this year, when looking back...