Five people were arrested at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on Tuesday, police said.
Shortly after the men’s competition began around 12:40 p.m., a handful of attendees were seen getting on each other’s shoulders in what looked like an attempt to flag the attention of nearby television cameras.
A few of them tried to hold up a banner, but the jostling crowd made whatever was on the sign indistinguishable.
The attendees were only up on their fellow attendees' shoulders for a few seconds before NYPD officers bolted into the crowd and wrestled them to the ground.
One onlooker appeared to have his glasses broken in the incident.
The five people were taken away in handcuffs and later charged with civil disobedience, police said.