A Philly Tradition
Pamplona has the running of the bulls, Philadelphia has the running of the Santas:
Thousands gathered in Northern Liberties dressed up as their favorite holiday character to get drunk and run one block up the street to the next bar, and then walk back and drink some more at both bars. Yep, Philadelphians are crazy. I was there on the work tip, not a participant; although they certainly did make me laugh.
There were thin santas, fat santas, crazy santas in shorts, sexy santas, even pimped-out 1970′s style santas. Some people brought their own flavor to the party, like this guy who decided to be different and dress as Frosty The Snowman. (I’m imagining him sitting in his bedroom, gluing on that cotton to his outfit.)
While these guys were holding it down for the Jews:
Some people lost their shoes as they were running from bar to bar. It was also crazy cold that night. I guess they were all too drunk to feel the cold! I had a good laugh… and was happy to get back into the warm car after their run. Happy holidays!