St. Pete’s ‘First Night’ NY Eve celebration is a hit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Music filled the air at the 23rd “First Night” celebration in St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve.

It’s a festival for all the senses, plenty of food and partygoers decked out in flashing lights.

One family we met drove from Montgomery Alabama. When asked if the weather was too cold, Kelvin Jones responded, “Well look at him. Does that answer your question? “ as he spun around a relative with plenty of sweat dripping down.

Rope climbing in the historic banyan trees sold out early.

“For the last 5 years we’ve come down, we end up getting here too late and the hats, we never got here,” said Cynthia Brown from Toronto Canada.

The luminary maze nearly doubled in size from past years. New this year, there’s a human foosball court.

The best way to see all the sights is by horse drawn carriage. Cinderella would love it.

“I think it’s great. There’s a lot of things for kids to do, for families, there’s entertainers, you can’t beat it,” said Andrea Knorr.

From high above, looking down from The Canopy, Straub Park stands out like a glimmering jewel, with a Christmas tree that is making its final bow.

I don’t want to pop your bubble, but the bubble pop is always a hit with kids.

But, the most popular event is, drum roll please, “The fireworks, the fireworks, yes,” said Curtis Butler.

Fireworks went off at 8 p.m. and of course, at Midnight, too. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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