hundreds of Booze-soaked Santas roam New York streets

Posted on: 2:48 pm, December 15, 2013, by and , updated on: 03:00pm, December 15, 2013

NEW YORK – Many are raving: Bar-goers dressed in Christmas-themed costumes descended upon hundreds of cities worldwide Saturday for the annual bar crawl known as Santacon.

In New York, thousands took to the streets dressed as elves, Santas and holiday-themed characters, as they have since 1997. In recent years, the debauchery of some of its participants has become too much — even for some who take part in it.

Despite the controversy, city officials are supporting the event.