Following the success of last year’s inaugural New Years Eve party, Vancouverites can look forward to yet another free celebration come December 31.
Vancouver City Council have funded the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations for the second year running, unanimously approving a $50,000 grant for the New Year’s Eve Celebration Society.
General Manger of Community Services, Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas says the success of last year’s event all but guaranteed it would become a permanent fixture on the city’s social calendar.
“Council was really pleased to see that the original estimate for last year’s celebration was 15,000 people and they ended up having 80,000 people attend,” she says.
Llewellyn-Thomas adds the party this year will be getting an extra boost, coming at the start of an important year for Canada.
“They’ve also received funding from Canada 150+ celebrations so we’re adding to it, the kick-off, if you will to the beginning of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.”
The celebrations will kick off at 6pm on and will feature performances by The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Wintersleep, and The New Pornographers.
It will also feature two firework displays, one for families with younger kids at 9 p.m., and a second at midnight.