Santas gather in The City for holiday revelry

Dozens of revelers in Santa Claus attire gathered Saturday for Santarchy, an annual, one-day event during which a virtual army of Kris Kringles hit up bars throughout San Francisco. The holiday celebration was scheduled to last until 9 p.m., and the route featured several stops focused on playful antics and interactive events for the less drinking-inclined.

The rowdy bunch of St. Nicks, Yetis, and Mrs. Clauses gathered at the Civic Center in the stormy weather for photos. Mike Gonzales, 27, had just arrived at Civic Center station dressed in red. Though Santacon has spread throughout the globe, he considered it an only in San Francisco event.

“Why not?” asked Gonzales, 27, who was enjoying the event for his second time after moving to San Francisco from Washington. “As a recent transplant, I see this as indicative of San Francisco Culture.”

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