So. Before you go you go curling or see Mamaspell this Saturday, Dec. 10, you need to check out the first annual Pittsburgh SANTARCHY. This Santastic event has been held everywhere from Tokyo to San Francisco. The evidence at left is from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Good Lord, I never thought I’d see the day where Pittsburgh was playing catch-up to Antarctica on a cultural trend. But anyway. We got it, finally.
From the organizer’s post at craigslist:
What is it? Santarchy is a nonpolitical, non-religious, not-for-profit (i.e. free), demented Santa Claus convention — a mass gathering of Santa Clauses that will spread a little disruptive, holiday cheer to everyone we encounter. It’s part pub crawl, part culture jam, and part prank.
Meeting place: Southside, Beehive Coffee House, corner of 14th and Carson.
When: 3:00 p.m., this Saturday
Until: ??? (But plan on a long day.)
The itinerary will be kept secret until the actual day, but expect the following:
— It will start and end in the Southside.
— Lots of walking
— Use of public transportation system
— Visits to Station Square and Downtown.
— Pub hopping
— Lots of funny looks
This event is free and open to all Santas, however, the drinks and food along the way will not be.
In order to participate you MUST dress like Santa Clause. Here is some advice from Pittsburgh Cacophony Society:
“Santa apparel is mandatory. A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit. Buy a Santa suit. If you don’t have any money, be creative. If you don’t have any creativity, slap yourself three times and ask your mom to help you. Glue cotton balls to red long johns. Make it purple. Make it pink. Already have a Santa suit? Make a spare so Santa can assimilate strangers. Past examples: pimp Santa/Santa garcia/Santa’s naughty little helper/misfit toy/elf/reindeer. Traditional suits can be bought at local party stores or ordered online for $12 and up.”
I am looking forward to the insantaty.
argh! I can't believe I missed this!
Who can I contact to get in on this?
I read a blog of a person who flies to Tokyo every year just to do this….
i would contact the pittsburgh cacophony society at http://pghcacophony.blogspot.com/
there are pictures now up on that site.
sorry – i realized that my link to the society was incorrectly coded in my original post. i've since fixed it. 🙂
Tim Esten says
It was more like a gathering of a few friends this year. I think it might have been a little awkward to show up and be the only one no one knew. I applaud their efforts, but you needn't worry about missing it.
gee whiz. thanks a lot naysayer.
actually, we had about 30 people show up. quite a few were solo or with one other. a great freshman effort. hey baby, when you're in a red suit, everyone's your friend.