Hit Singer Andy Grammer will help the city of Pensacola usher in 2012 with a gala street party celebration on New Year’s Eve.
The signature event will be held on Saturday evening and feature three stages of great music and entertainment, a colossal fireworks display and the spectacular “Pelican Drop,” Pensacola’s salute to the New Year. And best of all, it’s free.
Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) organizers for the 2012 “Pelican Drop” have gone all out for the New Year’s Countdown in Downtown Pensacola.
“This is a fantastic celebration for the entire family. Kids, Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents can join hands and sing in the New Year with us,” said Terri Kuvach, Special Events Coordinator for DIB.
The gala begins at 5pm in the heart of Historic Downtown Pensacola among the twinkling Holiday lights and beautiful decorations adorning the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. Perched 100 feet in the air, the gigantic Pensacola Pelican will swoop down at the stroke of Midnight to usher in 2012 amidst a rousing fireworks display.
Throughout the evening, music will fill the evening air including a performance by Grammer. The MTV award winner said he is really excited to ring in the New Year with Pensacolians and perform his hit single “Keep Your Head Up.” Grammer has recently been on tour with Colbie Caillat and says he is at his best, performing live.
Joining Grammer will be the foot stompin’ group, the Alvarado Road Show. With recent performances on pinnacle stages such as the Grand Ole Opry and at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, “The Show” has carved out its original, energetic live performances replete with brother blended voices, superb picking, and a dynamic stage presence.
The eleven member “Musical Fantasy” band is sure to have New Years Eve revelers dancing in the streets with their incredible mix of Motown, Hip Hop and Big Band sounds.
And for the younger crowd, the rockin’ group MoJiles, a touring band throughout the South, will be laying down some heavy metal guitar work throughout the evening.
Organizers have also expanded the Kids’ area and feature a unique, kids’ countdown at 8 p.m. with copious amounts of confetti, and the incredibly fun and humorous, “bubble stomp.”
New to this event is management of the festivities by city’s DIB. Mayor Ashton Hayward directed the agency to run with the program based on its successful promotion and management of other events for the city including the highly touted “Gallery Night”. Mayor Hayward recommended the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency remain solely focused on residential and business development to meet the growing demands of the vibrant, waterfront community.
“There is a lot going on the entire New Year’s Weekend and plenty of reasons to stay overnight in Downtown,” said Kuvach.
The downtown shops and restaurants will be open Friday evening in anticipation of the hockey game between the Pensacola Ice Flyers and cross-state rivals, the Mississippi Surge at the Civic Center at 7pm. Seville Quarter, the city’s premier entertainment center will be hoppin’ with live music on 7 stages.
The merriment will continue Saturday in anticipation of the fantastic celebration. Many downtown restaurants will be creating special New Year’s Eve menus, and retailers will be offering post-Christmas mark-down items.
And Sunday just might be the perfect day to start of 2012 with a visit to Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and downtown bars and restaurants will be geared up for a full day of New Year’s Day College Football action.
A complete list of things to do can be found at Pensacola Pelican Drop.
About the DIB
The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board exists to continue the removal of commercial blight; enhance property values; encourage economic development; attract commercial and residential development into the urban core; and beautify Downtown Pensacola. For more information, visit www.downtownpensacola.com or contact 850-434-5371.