Red-suited SantaCon revelers fan out across NYC

Red-suited SantaCon revelers fan out across NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's annual SantaCon event is on despite efforts by a community group to deter the holiday pub crawl by red-suited revelers.

Fliers that claimed the festival was canceled had gone up in some neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The group behind the fliers is called New York City Residents. It wants the rowdy event to shut down permanently.

The NYPD has extra police on hand to ensure everyone has a good and safe time as participants hit dozens of bars on Saturday.

Over the years, SantaCon has ballooned in size to thousands of people. The event has earned an out-of-control reputation.

In anticipation of the event, Metro-North, NJ Transit and the Long Island Rail is enforcing an alcohol ban on trains and stations this weekend.

Associated Press 2016