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SantaCon in NYC: See the drunken revelry across the years

SantaCon, the annual pub crawl where New Yorkers dress up as Santa Claus and flood the city streets, is known for its disorderly carousing crowds.

The event, which typically raises thousands of dollars for charities in NYC, has been a tradition in the city since 1997 (the first in San Fransisco in 1994) and has spread across the country and even across the world (Hanoi and Paris included).

In the past, the NYPD has warned Santas they'd be put in handcuffs if they didn't behave. As you can see below, it's gotten quite rowdy before.

Here's a look at the Christmas-themed party from over the years, in all its red-and-white glory.

2004

Santa Clauses swing into a local park.
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Santa Clauses swing into a local park.

Santa Clauses hassle a limo driving on 44th
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Santa Clauses hassle a limo driving on 44th Street.

A Santa Claus climbs on a UPS truck
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A Santa Claus climbs on a UPS truck on 44th Street.

Hundreds of Santa Clauses slow down traffic on
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Hundreds of Santa Clauses slow down traffic on 44th Street.

With no room in the city for sleighs,
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With no room in the city for sleighs, Santa Clauses wait to ride the subway.

2009

A Santa Claus with beads uses a traffic
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A Santa Claus with beads uses a traffic cone to make some noise.

A Stormtrooper gets festive at SantaCon.
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A Stormtrooper gets festive at SantaCon.

2010

A Santa Claus takes a nap on the
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A Santa Claus takes a nap on the sidewalk.

Santa on a Segway with Mrs. Claus.
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Santa on a Segway with Mrs. Claus.

2011

The Clauses gather at the South Street Seaport.
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The Clauses gather at the South Street Seaport.

Santas clog the Seaport District.
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Santas clog the Seaport District.

2013

NYPD officers stop a reveler during the festivities.
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NYPD officers stop a reveler during the festivities.

A poster banning SantaCon participants is displayed outside
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A poster banning SantaCon participants is displayed outside a restaurant in the Lower East Side.

Santas take a drink inside at a bar
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Santas take a drink inside at a bar in the East Village.

Revelers dressed as Santa Claus and Jesus run
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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus and Jesus run at Tompkins Square Park.

2014

Mrs. Claus meets fashion in Times Square.
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Mrs. Claus meets fashion in Times Square.

SantaCon crowds Times Square for a massive photo.
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SantaCon crowds Times Square for a massive photo.

A Santa makes a call in Times Square.
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A Santa makes a call in Times Square.

2015

Two people dressed as a Santa share a
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Two people dressed as a Santa share a kiss on the subway platform.

Santas board a crowded subway train.
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Santas board a crowded subway train.

2016

Alexa Wheeler from Texas dresses as Cindy Lou
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Alexa Wheeler from Texas dresses as Cindy Lou Who from "The Grinch."

2017

Jack Skellington and Sally of
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Jack Skellington and Sally of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" make an appearance at SantaCon.

Santa has a cheerleader.
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Santa has a cheerleader.

A group of musicians perform for the Santas.
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A group of musicians perform for the Santas.

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