Metro-North bans booze for San­taCon this week­end

Stamford Advocate - - News - By Jim Shay

Metro-North will have a 24-hour booze ban on its trains dur­ing the San­taCon in New York City this week­end.

The an­nual event com­bines a cos­tume pa­rade and a drink­ing-drenched pub crawl that has some­times re­sulted in rau­cous in­ci­dents in­volv­ing way too merry San­tas.

The ban is in ef­fect from noon Satur­day to noon on Sun­day.

Al­co­hol will not be per­mit­ted on Metro-North trains and sta­tions to main­tain safe and or­derly travel dur­ing this week­end's San­taCon event, Metro-North said.

MTA po­lice of­fi­cers will be on duty at Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal and sta­tions through­out Metro-North ter­ri­tory as well as on trains to en­force the 24- hour re­stric­tion.

MTA po­lice will con­fis­cate al­co­holic bev­er­ages and is­sue sum­monses car­ry­ing fines or im­pris­on­ment, they said.

Vi­o­la­tors may also be sub­ject to re­moval from the train or sta­tion by po­lice.

San­taCon day, held an­nu­ally in early De­cem­ber, is one of three times a year the MTA bans al­co­hol. The other times are New Year’s Eve and St. Pa­trick’s Day.

The first San­taCon was held in San Fran­cisco in 1994 as a protest against the ram­pant con­sumerism that has be­come as­so­ci­ated with Christ­mas. It has since spread to hun­dreds of cities, in­clud­ing Stam­ford, which held its San­taCon last week

John Minchillo / As­so­ci­ated Press

A man dressed as Santa Claus drinks a beer as he and oth­ers par­tic­i­pate in San­taCon on a New York City rooftop bar in 2014.

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