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SantaCon’s New York Organizers Hire Attorney as Backlash Grows

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A growing backlash against SantaCon, an annual flash mob of thousands of drunken revelers in red costumes and white beards on a pub crawl across New York City, has prompted the organizers to hire a civil-rights lawyer.

The loosely organized group, which through social media attracted 30,000 participants last year, has hired attorney Norman Siegel, former chief counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, to ensure its right to drink and make merry isn’t thwarted by police and hostile residents. Opponents object to the public urination and vomiting that has characterized similar gatherings in previous holiday seasons.