BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Organizers are calling Thursday night's Red Stick Revelry New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Baton Rouge the best one yet.
"To see so many people watch that drop and then fireworks explode, it was just a phenomenal setting," said Davis Rhorer with the Downtown Development District.
Rhorer estimates the highest attendance in the event's three year history, saying between 15,000 and 20,000 people came out.
"There was just huge crowds everywhere," said Rhorer.
Leaders credit record turnout to new additions to the party like an extra band and starting live music earlier.
Thursday night's first act, Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres, performed at 7 p.m.
"This wasn't a situation where people just arrived 15 minutes before midnight," said Rhorer. "They were there for the duration."
Rhorer says bigger crowds means more money to the keep celebration growing for years to come.
"What you're seeing is more and more sponsorships that are getting on board like most of the hotels played a role in that," said Rhorer. "They're raising private sector funds to help put this on."
Baton Rouge Police say there were no issues with the crowds Thursday night and that no arrests were made.