Tallahassee's Downtown Countdown
Free NYE Celebration to feature bands, food, free StarMetro shuttle and fireworks sponsored by YOU
December 27, 2013
The celebratory countdown to 2014 is only a few days away, and those who want to kick off the New Year in style will find what they're looking for in downtown Tallahassee.
The Downtown Tallahassee New Year's Eve 2014 celebration, which is free and geared for all ages, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 at Kleman Plaza. Festivities will include nationally recognized bands, a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Your Own Utilities, children's activities and complimentary transportation to and from the event provided by StarMetro.
"The City of Tallahassee is thrilled to co-sponsor this magnificent, family-friendly event again this year," said Mayor John Marks. "We hope that everyone will make plans to join us downtown as we ring in the New Year. This is a great way to support our downtown businesses as we look forward to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014 for the citizens of Tallahassee."
The large-scale, communitywide event, now in its second year, has been made possible by the Downtown Improvement Authority, the Downtown Business Association, the City of Tallahassee, Your Own Utilities and other sponsors.
Highlights will include performances by Royce Lovett, local winner of the Downtown Music Festival, at 7 p.m., Nashville Recording artist Tobacco Rd Band at 8:30 p.m., and the renowned Little River Band as the headlining act at 10:30 p.m.
Throughout the evening, huge area displays will simulcast the New Year's Eve celebration taking place in New York City's iconic Times Square. Then the night's events will culminate at midnight with a grand fireworks display.
Those seeking a ride to and from all of the festivities can take the StarMetro shuttle bus free of charge. Buses will leave the southwest corner of the Governor's Square Mall parking lot, near Sears, every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. The last bus will depart the Kleman Plaza area at 1:30 a.m.
For those driving to the event, several downtown parking garages will be open. Motorists can access parking in Kleman Plaza via the Bronough Street entrance or take advantage of free on-street parking in the downtown area. Drivers should also be mindful that Duval Street between Pensacola Street and College Avenue will be closed for the day. The road closure will begin at 7 a.m., in order to allow crews to set up for the New Year's Eve celebration, and will end after the event at about 2 a.m.
For more information, visit www.downtowntallahasseenye.com.
Sandra Manning, Utility Marketing, 879-0853; Ivan Maldonado, StarMetro, 933-6440; Carrie Poole, Communications, 891-8533