In 1996 The Portland Cacophony Society hosted Portland Santacon ’96, the third annual Santacon event (the first two took place in San Francisco). 40 Santas from the San Francisco Cacophony Society boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to join other Cacophonist Santas from around the country who were all converging in Portland, OR.
I brought my video camera along, shooting the Santarchy as it unfolded, chronicling the non-stop cat-and-mouse game between the naughty Santas and the police. I edited the video I shot into my 40 minute Dragnet-style documentary “You’d Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon ’96”.
I used to send copies of the video to people planning Santacons in various cities, as a kind of Santarchy training video but now you can watch the entire video online.
illustration by Greg Reynard