Festive pub crawl Running of the Santas headed to downtown Baton Rouge in December _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Costumed runners take off from the starting line during the Running of the Santas in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Capital City early Monday with some good news.

The “Running of the Santas,” a national Christmas event that annually attracts 10,000 participants in Philadelphia and another 3,000 in New Orleans, will host an inaugural event in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Mayor Kip Holden and Visit Baton Rouge President/CEO Paul Arrigo were joined by Bob Dautrieve of Running of the Santas for the announcement Monday at Visit Baton Rouge’s office downtown.

In the event, patrons dress up in their favorite holiday swag and go bar hopping. The Baton Rouge version kicks off at 2 p.m. at The Draft House, then heads to The Roux House at 5:45 p.m. The Roux House will be the site of the event’s costume contest and a performance from Flow Tribe.

Advanced tickets are $20 and available at The Roux House or runningofthesantas.com. VIP tickets are $75. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit That Others May Live Foundation, which provided scholarships, family counseling and aid to surviving children of Air Force members who died in the line of duty.

More details will be released at facebook.com/runningsantas

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