Fairly or unfairly, Vancouver has been labelled “No Fun City.”
But with the first free New Year’s Eve event in more than a decade, party organizers are hoping to shake that moniker.
VPD Const. Brian Montague says extra cops will be downtown for the Canada Place event, but he expects it to be mostly problem-free.
“I’m not expecting any big problems. We will see some of the alcohol-related disturbances, but for the most part I think we’re going to be looking at a family-friendly event.”
New Year’s Eve Celebration Society spokesman Charles Gauthier doesn’t consider this event a trial run — he says it’s a foundation for a yearly occurrence.
“We believe that this is an event that needs to be in the calendar for festivals and events in the city from now on.”
More than $300,000 was fundraised for the event, and the city pitched in a $125,000 grant for the night, which will feature live music, fireworks, and food trucks.
Gauthier expects 15,000 people to attend.