RENO, NV - It started a little more than a decade ago with the Santa Crawl. Now Pub Crawls in downtown Reno have grown to four major events attracting thousands. The events have attracted the attention of Reno’s City Council which is looking at charging organizers more money for additional police and cleanup crews. Critics say this could be the end to a unique event.
Talk to the city and they say it’s not their intent to kill the pub crawl.
Everyone agrees: These events bring thousands of people to downtown Reno.
Participants buy hotel rooms, transportation, gas even costumes to wear to pub crawls.
Junkees, the recycled clothing store on South Virginia has been in business for nearly four years.
The owner here has seen steady growth in that time, but she says last year on one Saturday in
October sales went through the roof.
‘It was my biggest day ever. I was very surprised by that. I was very surprised at how big the Zombie Crawl was that year,” says, Jessica Schneider, owner of Junkees.
Jessica says the pub crawls tend to be themed, and that means people want to dress up, so they come to Junkees and can do that for pennies on the dollar.
The crawls start at about six on a scheduled Saturday.
Participants buy a crawl cup for about five dollars and make their way around 30 bars who offer special drink prices to participants.
However late last year at the annual Santa Crawl where the crowd was estimated at more than ten thousand, merchants and others complained about the garbage left behind.
But that's not the only problem.
“Right, we are asking them to pay the costs that they incur. It really comes down to we want to continue with public safety at these events. We want to help guarantee the public safety. We want to treat everyone equally. The other events do pay permits for the others costs that they incur. And finally we want to have the events themselves for the costs they cost,” says Chris Good with
the City of Reno.
Wednesday the Reno City Council will be taking a look at changing the city ordinance which would affect local pub crawls.
Organizers will be asked to pay additional fees for police and cleanup if the crawls involve more than 75 people and 3 or more bars in involved.
The agenda has many upset as such a change they say means the death knell to pub crawls.