Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - 5 Star Saloon is one of 60 bars decking their halls for the 13th annual Santa Pub Crawl.
“We're stocking up. I've got extra bartenders and extra security staff on hand,” says Shannon Dobbs, owner of 5 Star Saloon.
It's welcome business for downtown as some 25,000 revelers are expected to don their gay apparel for a night of heavy drinking.
The biggest change this year is the Santa picture at the Reno arch, which is now taking place at 10 p.m. instead of midnight.
"If the photo is at 10 p.m. versus midnight, it will be less cold, and then we'll get them back into establishments to go have fun," explains Alexis Hill, Reno Special Events Project Manager
It's part of an effort to keep all Santas safe. There's also a "North Pole Code of Conduct" that will be enforced by extra police officers on duty.
"Don't fight or be disorderly, don't throw anything, obey the open container law, you can't go outside with your beverage; you need to stay inside and if you have your cup, just make sure you pour it out before you leave the bar.”
5 Star Saloon's owner says most Santas stay on the nice list.
"We've never had any major accidents. The worst thing you have is a drunk Santa with a road cone on their head,” says Dobbs.
But the bar will have controls in place to prevent crowding, overindulgence in alcohol, and underage drinking.
"If you're under 18, we'll probably have your mom and dad pick you up. And sometimes that's worse than going to jail," says Reno Police Lieutenant Rob Van Diest.
Last year, police made 39 arrests and gave 13 misdemeanor citations. This year, they hope for zero and for all to have a jolly time.
Hill says, "Stay warm, drink water. We ask that people obey the North Pole Code of Conduct and we're excited to have all of those Santas descend on downtown Reno!"