Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Reno Santa Crawl

I had never heard of the term "SantaCon" until after listening to Covino and Rich on a Sirius satellite show.  SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world (Wikipedia, 2012).  Covino thought it was "the most stupidest thing he has ever heard of" while Rich thought it would be the perfect opportunity for the single guy to meet girls, expressed an equation would probably be something like this [(women in sexy outfits + under the influence of cocktails) + (single guy + alcohol) = get lucky...maybe)].

While the common goal is to have a good time in spreading good will and cheer, the 2012 Reno Santa Crawl had a larger purpose which was to raise money to benefit the Washoe County Schools.  Commemorative cups were sold at $5 each which entitled the holder to drink specials at participating bars clustered in the downtown Reno area.  The close proximity of the bars and restaurants makes downtown Reno a great location for wine walks and pub crawls.  In addition to the Reno Santa Crawl, there is the Reno Zombie Crawl, Beer Crawl, Superhero Crawl, Vampire Crawl, Wine Walk, and Dine in the District (Crawl Reno, 2012).

Well the Reno Santa Crawl piqued our curiosity so John and I decided at the last minute to check it out and see with our own eyes what it is all about.  We went to one of the retail establishments the night before to purchase our cups (and in the spirit of the event, also picked up a costume for me to wear).

Last Saturday evening we drove downtown where we met up with a friend of mine and her sister-in-law.  There is not much more to the story that I can tell you and these pictures will share.  There were A LOT of people in the bars and on the streets (it is estimated that there were 13,000 people from the local area and others who came from Sacramento).  This event brings about $2 Million dollars in revenue to the local businesses downtown.
Hope you enjoy the picture slideshow from our 2012 Reno Santa Crawl web album!
Next year maybe I will try this:


Anonymous said...

Kudos on the outstanding selection of costumes. I would pop a major boner if I saw a girl like you, in a suit like that...walking the streets of Reno!!!!!!!!

JoeinVegas said...

Very festive outfit - you look marvelous as usual. Why didn't that guy you're with do more than striped tie and hat?
Did I see some Easter bunnies wandering past?

Daly said...

@Anonymous: Thanks! Next year I will have to be a little more creative.

@Joe: Thank you always. John didn't want to be like every other guy out there in a Santa outfit (plus when it's dark and there are tons of guys in the same outfit, I could have mistaken one of them for him!). He was one of the few in a green shirt so he was easy to spot - and his LED shoelaces were a big help. As for the Easter you remember Ralphie in the Christmas Story who received the same suit as a gift from his aunt?