Grand Park. Courtesy Grand Park.
Grand Park. Courtesy Grand Park.

This was the third annual Grand Park+The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. and it was utilized Music Center Plaza for the first time to increase the event space from 84 to  90 acres, organizers said.

The Grand Park countdown drew an estimated 40,000 people last year, and this year’s crowd was “just over 50,000,” said The Music Center’s Bonnie Goodman. The festivities began at 8 p.m. Thursday on New Year’s Eve, ending on New Year’s Day at 1 a.m.

Thousands of people left the venue right after the countdown to midnight, including Erin Martinez of Montebello.  She was cold and “there could be a little more to do,” Martinez told City News Service.

“I thought it was good,” David Padilla of Hacienda Heights told City News Service. “The best part was that it was free.”

As in the past two years, the countdown was projected onto the side of Los Angeles City Hall using 3D animation created by the Los Angeles design firm yU+co. Additional projections will also be illuminating City Hall, the County Hall of Records and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion throughout the night.

The alcohol-free event featured 30 food vendors and three music stages showcasing several genres, including rock, Latin alternative, indie pop and electronic. Performers include pop band Hunter Hunted, dance pop singer Gavin Turek and disc jockeys Chris Douridas, Rani De Leon and Louis Vivet.

The night’s entertainment and activities were organized by the same teams that put together Grand Park’s year-round cultural events, the park’s annual July 4th fireworks show and the Music Center’s community arts programs.

—City News Service

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