Some events in New York attract more attention from people trying to stop the event, than we can expect actual participants. Santacon is definitely one of these. The Santacon organization had to hire a famous civil rights lawyer in its defense, the transit systems into New York City changes their enforcement of alcohol bans for the event, and community boards in the city are looking for cameras and journalists to tell how much they dislike having the event in their neighborhood.
December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day. Most of my American friends never had a chance meeting this holy man: Santa Claus in in charge of the United States Department of Happy Children. In the low countries of Europe, Saint Nicholas rules the roofs and chimneys of the houses where well behaving children live. In Flanders, Belgium, where I grew up, he’s called “Sinterklaas”. When I moved to New York, I left his jurisdiction.