Detroit’s New Years Tradition 5

Detroit Preps for Annual New Year’s Eve Festivities

Ready for the big New Year’s Eve party in downtown Detroit? Wednesday marks the fifth annual Motor City New Year’s Eve celebration in Campus Martius and Cadillac Square from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. The free event, which was founded in 2010 by local entrepreneur Tony Piraino, is expected to draw more than 20,000 people from around southeast Michigan.

“The D-Drop continues to grow each year that it’s held,” said Lisa Dancsok, vice president of Rock Detroit. “We see it as another great event that continues to bring more people to the city.”

Much like New York’s Times Square event, crowds will enthusiastically wait for the 150-pound metal sculpture, called the “D Burst,” to drop from the Chase Tower. The event, which is sponsored by a variety of local businesses, features live entertainment on three stages, including music from Detroit’s own DJ Tom T.

This year’s event also include kids’ entertainment, karaoke, carriage rides, games, ice skating, face painting, acrobats and food. Some of the city’s popular restaurants and food vendors will be on hand for the festivities.

Since temperatures are expected to hover around 23 degrees, there will be fire pits and warming tents available for revelers.

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Entertainment Lineup

Tent Stage, 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

DJ Escalade

Mark Reitenga

Priceless Live

Kids Zone Activities and Entertainment, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Kid’s Drop at 6:30 p.m.

Mark Maze – Magician and Kids’ Entertainment

Crossroads Family Jazz

Cirque Among Us – Jungle Gym and Activities

Face Painting

Main Stage, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

DJ Tom T

Priceless Live

Cast Iron Cornbread

Ayla Stackhouse Sings “Light Up Detroit”

Tosha Owens

Angela Davis

Additional Entertainment and Activities

Carriage Rides

Fire Jugglers and Acrobats

Fire Pits

Heated Tents with Non-Alcoholic and Adult Beverages

Food Vendors

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