New take on an old NYE tradition
Ring in 2017 by watching the ball drop downtown
This New Year’s Eve, you don’t need to be in the NYC to have a good time — or take part in a little tradition.
Downtown Fort Wayne will be the site of the city’s first ever ball drop, mimicking the iconic one that has taken place in Times Square annually since 1907 — save for two years in the 1940s due to World War II blackouts.
The all-ages free event, dubbed New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Downtown Fort Wayne, will take place at the northwest corner of East Berry and South Barr Streets, in the Barrett McNagny parking lot behind the 1st Source Bank building and next to The Hoppy Gnome.
There will be Music from the Alicia Pyle Quartet Harmonic and DJ Neso. Those who prefer an indoor event can attend the New Year’s Eve Ball at Main St. Bistro & Martini Lounge. Tickets for the gala will be $60 per couple or $30 per individual.
The event’s mission, according to it’s website, is to give the city an “epic, fun and safe place to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year with family, friends and loved ones.” With it being the first time this event’s been done, it’s hard to take a guess at how many people might attend.
Organizers are estimating possibly 5,000 to 10,000 people coming, based on “similar winter-based events.”
It may be a long way to see the ball drop in New York City.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t take in the tradition here.