BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge's official New Year's Eve celebration is back this year with even more entertainment.
"Red Stick Revelry is entirely dependent on public support," said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin Kip Holden."This year's event will include two bands instead of one because of the incredible response from the public last year. The goal is to make Baton Rouge a New Year's Eve destination city."
The Red Stick Revelry will feature local favorite David St. Romain who will perform at 630 p.m. on Dec. 31 at The Crest Stage downtown followed by a return performance by the band Phat Hat from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Stroube's Restaurant kicks off the countdown to New Year's Eve with a Celebrity Waiter event on Wednesday, Oct. 29 with Mayor Holden serving as Celebrity Maître D' and Celebrity Auctioneer Paul Arrigo, president of Visit Baton Rouge, presiding over a list of prizes that include the opportunity to sing a song on stage with the band Phat Hat on New Year's Eve and an exclusive VIP package to the Bayou Country Superfest.
In addition to Mayor Holden and Arrigo, celebrity waiters include WAFB's Andre Moreau and Lauren Westbrook, Phat Hat lead singer Wendell Woods, Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer, Louisiana Author Leo Honeycutt, Guaranty Broadcasting's Gordy Rush, Chef and Bite and Booze host Jay Ducote, and Raising Cane's Jordan Piazza.
In 2013, an estimated 15,000 people were in the Galvez Plaza area downtown for the inaugural Red Stick Ready celebration leading up to the midnight drop of a 9-foot LED-lighted Red Stick from 30 feet above the Beacon in Town Square.
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