The official New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Los Angeles will have a lot more room and a lot less booze.
Organizers of the Grand Park New Year’s Eve celebration say Wednesday’s free event will have three times the space of last year’s inaugural party. They expect to fill it with 30,000 people but are hoping for up to 50,000.
The event website boasts, “a new spectacular interactive countdown to remember, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on (not one, but) TWO sides of City Hall!”
But the crowds won’t be able to buy or bring in alcohol as the city tries to make the party more family-friendly. There will also be beefed-up food booths, music and more security.
Last year saw 25,000 people show up, about triple what was expected, and fences were trampled as crowds tried to get in.