Tagged: Santarchy

Hundreds of Santas made their annual pilgrimage to the National Mall for Santarchy 2013. A goofy rite of Christmas, people dressed up as Santa Clause or an elf or related Christmas characters. Here are a few photos:

James Bond Santa
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The More the Jollier

It really is the most wonderful time of the year when you see hundreds of Santas wandering around at Christmastime. Santarchy brings together costumed revelers to celebrate the goofy side of Christmas. In Washington, the 2012 Santarchy DC began on the National Mall. After gathering on the steps of one of the museums, the Santas migrated to the Smithsonian carousel. From there it’s off to the Ellipse and the National Christmas Tree, and then to mingle about in front of the White House. It’s there on Pennsylvania Ave that the banana-clad rabble-rousers from Bananarchy typically join the fun. Seeing the two groups merge always reminds me of the Jets and the Sharks from West Side Story. My favorite new costume this year was a man clad in a gingerbread house. Enjoy the photos below.

Elf Band
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December 2011 brought the return of Santarchy to the city, bringing the magic of Christmas to participants and onlookers alike. Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Clause converged on the National Mall for an afternoon of merriment.

Christmas Memories
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