Baton Rouge New Year's Eve preparations highlighted by raising Red Stick

Baton Rouge readies for new year, highlighted by red stick drop

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - While another year is coming to a close, another celebration is happening at Town Square.

"I've been fortunate enough to see the ball fall in New York, I've see the peach fall in Atlanta. And this is going to be exciting," said Richard Knox, attending Red Stick Revelry Thursday.

The Baton Rouge Red Stick, the star attraction of New Year's Eve, was raised 60 feet above Town Square.

Davis Rhorer with the Downtown Development District invited people to take advantage of free parking at the River Center garages, and enjoy what he calls the best view in the house: the Town Square lawn.

"It's a perfect night for a New Year's Eve celebration," said Rhorer. "As soon as the ball d rops, the fireworks are going to go off directly behind at the end of the North Blvd. so it's a great vantage point to witness everything."

Thousands were expected to attend, joining the leader of festivities, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden.

"It's a super day to be in Baton Rouge," said Holden. "When you have people not only from Baton Rouge, but other areas, in particular, other states, coming here to watch our celebration, they are really thrilled."

People said they were thrilled and thinking positive about the year ahead.

"My resolution is to turn my life back to God," said Leonard Thomas.

"Let's get rid of the hatred and start functioning from a position of love and peace," said Knox.

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