Downtown’s Grand Park will host its second New Year’s Eve party tonight, with organizers hoping to draw at least 30,000 revelers.
Last year’s inaugural Grand Park N.Y.E. L.A. celebration was attended by about 25,000 people, exceeding expectations. This year’s event, which starts at 7 p.m. and lasts through 12:30 a.m., will have triple the space and can handle a capacity of 50,000 people, organizers said.
In addition to the 12-acre Grand Park being devoted to the event, surrounding roads from Second to Temple streets, and from Grand Avenue to Main Street, will be closed to allow more party-goers to watch the countdown.
Organizers say they are aiming to create a centralized place for residents of a sprawling Los Angeles to ring in the new year, in the spirit of the ball-drop event at New York City’s Times Square.
The alcohol-free event will have about 30 food vendors, as well as a station giving out free samples of Nestle-Abuelita hot chocolate.
Interactive videos created by design studio yU+co will be displayed on the west and south side of the Los Angeles City Hall building at the foot of Grand Park. The audience will get to control the display by making noise.
At 10 minutes to midnight, a countdown video will start showing images of day-to-day slices of Los Angeles life and landmarks on the side of City Hall.
Organizers are encouraging participants to take selfie photos in front of the digital displays and post them on social media using the hashtag #grandparkselfie. Instagram users can tag their photos of the event using #LAStory to submit them to be displayed on the side of the Hall of Records building.
Metro is offering free rides on its rail and bus lines over the New Year’s holiday, including the Redor Purple lines, which will take people to the Civic Center/Grand Park station at Grand Park.