It wasn’t just the locals who came out last night to ring in the new year at Canada Place, which was touted as the first Community New Year’s Eve celebration in over a decade.
Organizers say a large number of people who bought into the ticketed event, were overseas tourists.
Luca Citton, with the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society, says he thinks that’s more proof , if that was needed, that Vancouver is ready to show itself to the world.
“I think there’s the usual ‘humble Canadian attitude’ about their homeland that perhaps we’re not as big as New York or Paris, but with the advent of the Olympics and other big national and international events here, clearly we are at that level now.”
Organizers expected 15,000 people.
Kevin was just one of them, who also shared the sentiment that 2015 was a year when too many people lived in fear, much of it he says is stoked by the media.
He says he hopes 2016 will see less people doing that.
“Especially the young people, with their hopes and their dreams and don’t let this get in the way of it.”
Hod, who has recently moved to Vancouver from the US and elsewhere says he’s hoping in 2016, people will be able to get along, even though we live in politically charged times.
“We’ve just experienced an election in Canada and we also have this election going on in the United States. We’re just hoping that people can get along and we can come up with a good election cycle and the world continues in a good way.”
Meanwhile, the official figure of how many attended last night’s event is yet to be released.