Party goers and revelers spent New Year’s Eve with a global theme in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. Events at the various pavilions, decked out for the New Year celebration, handled the crowd with ease and flair and international effects. Children’s block parties, trolley rides, street performers, and food vendors were available throughout the evening and added to the carnival atmosphere. The crowds were even treated to a parade of a Chinese dragon.
As the night wrapped up and the music of the Made in the USA Band finished, hundreds of people crowded the riverfront at Sophia Street and Charlotte Street to watch the ball drop and cheer at the stroke of midnight. This year's ball drop was a globe to represent peace and good will on the earth.
The illumination of the globe for the midnight ball drop was perched high above the crowd with flags so everyone had a good look. The musicians and emcees on the Rappahannock Electric Stage counted down as midnight approached. The crowd was treated to jokes, music, and even an impromptu rendition of “Hail to the Redskins” in celebration of the victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 30. As the last minute of 2012 counted down, revelers cheered and counted as the illuminated globe lowered over the crowd.
Midnight hit and the crowd cheered, threw confetti, and sand along with the band to “Auld Lang Syne”. Fireworks, set off from near the Chatham Bridge, gave the globe a nice backdrop in the sky. Cheers as each set exploded sent new celebrations through the crowd. Many thanks to celebration sponsor Fredericksburg Pohanka Nissan Hyundai for another successful Fredericksburg First Night.