Friday, December 29, 2006
On Saturday, December 16, agents again assembled in undercover Santa gear for the second annual Santa Barbara SantaCon. As one of the few cities in America with Santa in its name, the Santa Barbara contingent set out to prove that there's a special twisted quality to the local event that can't be equaled. Starting at Reds Espressobar and a skirmish with KCET-TV news, the Santas headed for disruptions at upscale clubspot, Couchez. Developing a taste for fish martinis, the fluffy red people then set out for the FishHouse where they disrupted holiday dinners with travesties of perfectly nice Christmas carols. Then the call of the Carousel proved irresistable. The redmen invaded the Chase Palm Park Carousel with a vengeance, mounting the wooden beasts without concern for their reputations. Tired of the spectacle, the frosted Santas headed for Cellar 205 for Christmas Tree Tossing, then on to State Street nightspots.