In Times Square, street actors dressed in mascot costumes greet the first tourists of the day. They happily take pictures with both children and adults alike. Their costumes range from cartoon characters to video game mascots to literary figures.
The mascots have become a modern day tradition in the city. There are hundreds of them, and anyone with a costume could fit right in.
With the bright and colorful show attracting all the attention, no one notices the bear mascot with the dark reddish-brown stains around its mouth dragging the startled man into the dark doorway.