New York’s Times Square has nothing on downtown Los Angeles for New Year’s Eve.
A rainy forecast is not expected to dampen the spirit of 50,000 holiday revelers at midnight as the Southland rings in 2017 at the fourth annual giant party at the park between City Hall and the Music Center.
The Grand Park+The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. bash will be family-friendly, free of charge and free of alcohol.
Festivities get under way at 8 p.m. at downtown’s Grand Park, with the 90-acre site stretching from the Music Center Plaza to City Hall, and from Temple Street to Second Street.
The centerpiece of the evening is a 3D projection of the countdown to midnight on the west-facing side of the City Hall building.
Before that, revelers will listen to live music and DJs at three different stages: The Countdown Stage (Grand Park’s event lawn in front of City Hall); the Get Down Stage (performance lawn between Grand Avenue and Hill Street); and the Funk Town Stage (Music Center Plaza between Hope Street and Grand Avenue).
Performers will include DJ Expo, Lyric Jones, Jungle Fire, L.A. Samba Dancers, Victoria Van Damn, Gazoo Olemdo, Jose Marquez, MC Paris Paul and DJ Rell.
The event also includes free photo booths, food vendors, dancing, inflatable sculptures and more.
Some downtown streets will be closed to through traffic, including Hill, Broadway, Spring, First and Grand.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to take public transportation. Metro will offer free fares on its rail and bus lines tonight for New Year’s Eve. Fare gates at all Metro Rail stations will be unlatched at 9 p.m. and remain open until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day. After 2 a.m., customers will need a TAP card to ride.
Riders planning on going to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park and using the Red or Purple lines to get there should get off at the Civic Center/Grand Park station and use the First Street exit; the Temple Street exit will be reserved for families with strollers and customers with disabilities.
Riders who present a TAP card at any Grand Park info booth will receive a free glow stick, according to Metro.
—City News Service