The Gathering, Of 2012 Santacon

One Quarter Filled Before Noon
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Just before noon, Union Square had already become 1/4 filled with Santas. The sight of so many people dressed as Santa brought smiles to the faces of tourists.


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The Sign Of "Merry Christmas"
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A cheerful bunch of Santas held up a homemade sign that read, "Merry Christmas." Note how two of the Santas were armed with candy canes.


2012 Santacon external link San Francisco   •  Union Square internal link San Francisco internal link California internal link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 16 December 2012   •  (Photo taken 11:52:05 Saturday 15 December 2012)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_8297
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A Fence Around The Christmas Tree
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A fence surrounded and protected the Christmas Tree in Union Square. One consequence of this fence was less room for Santas to gather.


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Could Not Escape Handheld Devices
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Many who gathered appeared unable to escape the need for their handheld devices. Three were busy with smart-phones, while only one was busy with a bottle of water.


2012 Santacon external link San Francisco   •  Union Square internal link San Francisco internal link California internal link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 16 December 2012   •  (Photo taken 11:56:12 Saturday 15 December 2012)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_8323
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A Cross-sample Of Folks Gathered
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One shot captured a cross-section of the many folks in attendance that noontime.


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Santas By The Dozens Arrived Late
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Six minutes past the starting time of noon, dozens upon dozens of Santas continued to pour into Union Square.


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The Sidewalks Filled With Santas
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Santas filled the sidewalks on both sides of Geary Boulevard and Powell Street. Not all Santas were dressed in red.


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One Young Girl Pointed At The Santas
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On the sidewalk at the corner of Stockton Street and Geary Boulevard, one young girl pointed at the gathering of Santas on Union Square.


2012 Santacon external link San Francisco   •  Union Square internal link San Francisco internal link California internal link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 16 December 2012   •  (Photo taken 12:08:56 Saturday 15 December 2012)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_8373
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