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September 27 06:05 PM

2013 ‘Running of the Santas’ returns to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La.— “Running of the Santas” is returning to New Orleans for its annual Christmastime event, benefitting local military families.

The popular costume-inspired holiday event will be held in the Warehouse District on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. and running late into the night. Now in its third year in New Orleans, the Holiday “Fun Run” has quickly become one of the hottest signature Christmastime events in the city.

“Running of the Santas” started in 1997 in the streets of downtown Philadelphia when 40 close friends decided to suit up in holiday attire and go bar hopping. Nearly 16 years later, the “Running of the Santas” event has grown across the world with over 20 host cities reaching all the way to the shores of New Zealand.

Last year’s “Running of the Santas” attracted more than 2,000 revelers to the streets of downtown New Orleans as they participated in Christmastime merrymaking. This year’s holiday block party kicks off at 11 a.m. from the “South Pole” located at Barcadia Bar and Grill at 601 Tchoupitoulas St., where partygoers can enjoy great food, holiday drinks and special entertainment before they embark on the seven block “fun run” to the North Pole at Generations Hall at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

This holiday event calls for its participants to dress up in their most creative Christmas and holiday attire. Awards will be given out for “Cutest Mrs. Claus” as well as the overall “Best Holiday Costume.” This year’s “Running of the Santas” experienced a summertime kickoff party with “Rudolph’s Revenge,” which recently took place as a summertime Christmas celebration.

Tickets to the “Running of the Santas” are available at http:// runningofthesantas.com. General admission tickets are $15, while VIP tickets are $25.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit “That Others May Live Foundation.” The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2002. The founda tion 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. The goal of the program is to ensure that every child of a fallen personnel recovery service member receives an opportunity for success.

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