December 11, 2010 by USA Post 

Santacon, Hundreds of residents of San Francisco and Santa costumes were in full swing elves Saturday afternoon and evening drinking in bars in the city.

Drinkers of red and green festive dressed SantaCon participate, an annual national event involving people dressed in Santa Claus costumes and take to the streets in San Francisco that began in 1994, according to event site.

“I would say we are equal to the number of Santas in the last year,” said Michael Thompson, a bar manager and a Harvey’s restaurant in the Castro district.

Thomson said he saw about four Santas in the bar at about 6:30 p.m., but he had seen hundreds earlier in the day.

Participants began roaming the city in about 13 hours and were more or less according to a list of bars posted in The list indicates the address of each bar and best time for Santa to gather at the site.

“A ship of Santas rolled in about 17 hours,” said Jason, a bartender at Gold Cane C**ktail Lounge in the Haight-Ashbury. He said he saw about 150 people dressed in Santa costumes.

“The Santas are playing pool and feasting,” he said.

But not all bars have seen a turnout like that of gold cane.

“There are fewer Santas this year,” said Jeff, a bartender at the bar Twin Peaks in the Castro district.

He said he saw about 20

People dressed in costumes at approximately 6:30 p.m., but that hundreds – perhaps thousands – have been roaming the streets near the bar since Saturday afternoon.

About 50 Santas were seen in Lucky 13 bar on Market Street at about 6:30 p.m., a bartender said.

“Each year we receive hundreds and hundreds of them, so we’ve always been super excited,” Lucky 13 Kraenkel barman Martin said.

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