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Introducing Lowertown SantaCon
THE SIXTH ANNUAL LOWERTOWN SANTACON WAS HELD ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH, 2013.
7pm – Black Dog (At Prince St. aka E. 4th St. and Broadway, the Krampus/all ages segment) www.blackdogstpaul.com
10pm – Gopher Bar www.gopherbar.com (N. Wacouta St. and E. 7th St., with the best coney dogs in the world, we are not joking)
11pm – Señor Wong www.senorwong.com (Robert St. and E. 4th St. with DJ Del 6/Late Night Happy Hour til 12pm)
For the sixth year running, the Capital City of St. Paul, Minnesota is hosting a SantaCon event in the historic and arts district of Lowertown! On December 14th, will you be ready for Lowertown SantaCon VI?
Listen to Mark Wheat shout-out Lowertown SantaCon on The Current, 13 December 2013
Lowertown SantaCon VI features the Brass Messengers, emcee Dixie De’Lamour, Krampus, and a costumed cast of hundreds. Lowertown SantaCon is a real pub crawl (we have a route) and it’s a really awesome pub crawl (we are led from pub to pub by a brass band, which transforms the night into a series of Santa-themed flash mobs at multiple locations in Lowertown, Saint Paul).
This is a community-organized event and Santa’s grace is boundless. Expect no entrance fee, no wristbands, and no merchandise. Accept no impostors.
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SantaCon (aka “Santarchy” aka “The Red Menace”) is an annual worldwide Santa Claus convention occurring in cities around the globe. People dress as Santa, other associated characters, and variations on the theme—and embark on an epic pub crawl around their city.
Lowertown SantaCon is half spectacle, half pub crawl and half flash mob—that’s one and a half things!—in the chill Lowertown historic and arts district of Saint Paul, MN. Come as Santa, come as an elf or reindeer or get creative and come as a Santasaurus, a Hanukkah Chicken, a Kwanza Ham…you get the picture.
Lowertown SantaCon was voted “Best Twin Cities Pub Crawl” by City Pages, listed in City Pages’ “50 Reasons We Love Winter in Minnesota,” has been City Pages “A-List”-ed, Pioneer Press “Best of the Week”-ed, and shouted-out by DJ Mark Wheat from The Current and DJ Larry Englund from KFAI. We are a Midwestern media-accredited extravaganza of the human holiday spirit! Read the reviews here.
Your Emcee: Dixie De’Lamour
Our 2013 Emcee is the delicious Dixie De’Lamour!
Sins Girl, pin-up, freelance writer, hairstylist, singer and burlesque performer-in-training, Dixie De’Lamour is a whirlwind of brains and beauty that has torn across the country from Los Angeles, California to the Twin Cities of Minnesota where she currently resides.
Your Hosts & Roving Band: The Brass Messengers
Our hosts and musical escort are The Brass Messengers, a full brass band of merry humans, who will accompany our costumed holiday convoy through the pubs and bar-restaurants of the Historic District of Lowertown, Saint Paul. They typically can’t resist having a snowball fight among themselves.Lowertown SantaCon began in 2008, where it grew from a merry bunch of 25 revelers to a respectable 200+ Santas, elves, reindeers and—for the first time in 2010—Krampus, the no-longer-mythical, living half-beast Christmas Devil from the pre-Christian Germanic wastelands.
As before, we will be stopping at the Black Dog Cafe for the All Ages part of the night, where children can meet Krampus (and possibly be carried off by him in a basket to be eaten for Christmas Dinner if they were particularly naughty during the year). Please note that the sight of many Santas may be confusing to kids who still believe that in the end there can only be one. Come prepared with a story that explains a multi-Santa universe if you’re planning to maintain the ruse for a few more years yet. Our favorite explanation is cloning.
Video: Krampus meets the kids at Lowertown SantaCon 2010
We’ll be taking photographs and shooting video on December 14th to stick on our elf-maintained website, so go all out with the knowledge that your evening will be remembered for years to come in Google’s cache and beyond.
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