Party Downtown on New Year’s Eve: multiple events ring in the new year
2009-12-27 · By Editor
Downtown Long Beach will ring in 2010 with a New Year’s Eve party that is expected to draw crowds of up to 50,000 people. Among other festivities, New Year’s Eve revelers will line the waterfront to watch Action Sports Icon Travis Pastrana jump a rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
At 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Red Bull New Year: No Limits will take center stage when Pastrana attempts to set a new world record by jumping a car off the Pine Avenue Pier and shatter the existing mark of 171 feet. Thousands of fans and party-goers will watch the car fly 250 feet across the water to land on a barge floating in Rainbow Harbor.
The stunt, set to take place at 9 p.m. will be part of ESPN TV’s live East Coast New Year’s Eve show – historically one of the most watched television productions of the night. Following the jump, the party will continue with music, dancing and additional events leading up to Midnight.
Pine Avenue (at Pine & Broadway), the heart of Downtown Long Beach’s dining and entertainment district, will host a New Year’s Eve party of its own beginning at 7 p.m. with a 60’s, 70’s and 80’s flare. Enjoy live performances by world-renowned Beatles cover band, American English, the Disco Kings and Knyght Ryder while strolling around one of Southern California’s Top Ten Restaurant Rows (as named by ABC7 TV).
A few blocks away, in the East Village Arts District (at 1st & Elm), yet another New Year’s celebration will take place with an all-ages bash that includes performances by local independent artists, Avi Buffalo, Royal Sons and Dusty Rhodes & the River Band beginning at 8:00 p.m. Audiences at both the Pine Avenue and East Village celebrations will be treated to a live feed of the activities at the waterfront via large screen projections on each stage as well as replays of the record-breaking jump throughout the night.
At midnight, all of Long Beach will ring in the New Year with a dynamic light show courtesy of Downtown’s state-of-the-art L.E.D. light system as well as a fireworks show that will light up the sky.
“Downtown Long Beach has always been a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve,” said Kraig Kojian, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Long Beach Associates. “This year’s events will set a new standard, drawing a much larger audience and will allow us to showcase the many incredible assets our great City has to offer.”
Reserved parking and restaurant reservations for New Year’s Eve in Long Beach can be secured via the DLBA website, www.downtownlongbeach.org. Additional information about New Year’s Eve in Downtown, as well as parking, transportation and street closure details are also available. All events are free and open to the public.