Running of the Santas, the popular fun run of costumed Kris Kringles in the Warehouse District, has been postponed until 2021.
The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, was set for its 10th annual extravaganza before event organizers decided to postpone out of safety and caution due to the ongoing COVID crisis.
In a release, organizers announced the costumed Christmastime event will return to spread holiday cheer on Dec. 11, 2021.
Every year, the event is one of New Orleans’ most vibrant holiday traditions and calls for participants to dress up in their most creative Christmas attire for a chance to win the treasured “Best Holiday Costume” award.
Event organizers say they were expecting more than 4,000 costumed participants this year donned as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Jack Frost, Old Man Winter and other holiday characters. Last year’s “Running of the Santas” attracted more than 3,000 revelers from across the Gulf Coast to the streets of downtown New Orleans to participate in this unique Christmastime merrymaking.
Organizers say they were planning to donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the That Others May Live Foundation. Donations can still be made directly to the foundation via https://www.thatothersmaylive.org/donate. The nonprofit foundation provides scholarships, family counseling, and aid to surviving children of United States Air Force (USAF) Rescue Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice during a rescue mission.
In 1998, “Running of the Santas” launched in the streets of downtown Philadelphia when 40 close friends decided to suit up in holiday costumes and go bar hopping. More than a decade and a half later, the “Running of the Santas” event has grown across the world with more than 20 host cities from Pennsylvania to the shores of New Zealand.