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Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver



The City of Vancouver is in a party mood and plans to resurrect its New Year’s Eve celebration next year after an absence of more than a decade.

The First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve 2014 will be staged at the Jack Poole Plaza adjacent to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre with live music and fireworks.

While the cost of the free soiree hasn’t been determined, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said similar events can cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“It really varies with the event,” he said, referencing other celebrations. “Events like Celebration of Light relies heavily on corporate sponsorship.”

Robertson wasn’t concerned about the possibility of trouble, such as the chaos that broke out at the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. He pointed out Vancouver has staged many civic events since without trouble.

For the bash, the Olympic Cauldron will be lit and a midnight countdown will be included.

According to the New Year’s Eve Celebration Society, the event is meant to help residents foster a “greater feeling of belonging within Vancouver.”

But don’t expect a break on parking in the neighbourhood where 25 cents gets you three minutes at a meter.

Charles Gauthier of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association said families shouldn’t expect a break on parking around the event.

“We find that a lot of people are using public transit,” he said. “It is going to be high demand at that time.”



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