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Photos/Text by Alana Range

NEW YORK–Thousands of unofficial Santas flooded Williamsburg, Brooklyn in early December for New York City’s annual SantaCon. The Bedford L subway stop overflowed with stumbling, red-clad participants as they made their way to the Manhattan stop as part of the day-long convention.

According to the rules, a costume is mandatory, as is jolliness, and good behavior. Drinking, on the other hand – not a requisite, but apparently popular.