It’s New Year’s already! Amazing as it is that we can go from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas in what seems like a flash, it’s almost time to ring in 2012. So where are you gonna be? If the answer is an exhausted sounding declaration of the word, “home”, don’t feel too guilty. It can be a huge struggle to find just the right venue, let alone get motivated to attend it. With the hustle of Christmas finally over, the last thing anyone wants to do is research the best place to be on New Year’s Eve, buy an expensive outfit that they’ll likely only wear once and pay a hefty price at the door to get a ticket to attend nothing more than the end of a calendar year. Besides, even if it was a really great place, holding a really great party, aren’t all parties really just the same? Couldn’t you just get dressed up and go to a big party on a random night in early March and countdown really loud at midnight and experience the same effect? Ideally the answer is yes. But despite this, there will still be droves of people lining up in the cold, with their best suits and dresses on waiting in line to attend their chosen last celebration of the year 2011.
So, what is it about New Year’s that draws the majority of us out despite the drain of the holiday season? Maybe it’s that most people feel they need to get out and have fun after being stressed for so long. This may play a part, but when a rather small sample size was asked in a survey their reasoning for going out on New Year’s, most people said they wanted to “experience something special” and “be a part of an important memory”.
What location is usually referred to as the ultimate place to be to ring in the New Year? Everyone might have their own personal favorites, but surely Times Square in New York City has got to be at the top of the list. Seeing the ball drop in that iconic location is an event that everyone should have on their personal bucket lists. Unfortunately though, the cost of the trip as well as the difficulty of being one of millions that want to do the same thing at the same time, might make that plan very difficult. Though, fortunately for Detroiters, New York City no longer has a monopoly on downtown celebrations ending with a ball drop. That’s right, Detroit has officially become a new mecca for New Year’s Eve revelers.
It’s called Motor City New Year’s Eve and it’s celebrating its 2nd year in existence. It takes place on December 31st, 2011 (obviously) starting at 9 p.m. both inside and outside of the main entrance area of the Compuware Building, extending out to Campus Martius Park. This year, the EMCEE of the event will be Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh and there will be a special guest DJ set by Paradime of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Tickets are somewhat steep at $95 per person for pre-sale, and $120 online and at the door the day of the event, but they do include cocktails from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. For more information, check out the event’s website by clicking the link here. Now you could pay the ticket price to be able to access everything previously mentioned, or you could just show up around midnight to experience what is the most cool and unique element of this event… the dropping of the D.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the people behind Times Square’s ball drop should feel extremely flattered by Detroit and the creators of this event, as the two are all but identical short of one unique feature. Both events will have an object slowly descending as the seconds creep towards 2012, but in the place of the customary ball, Detroit features a very large letter D that lights up at the stroke of midnight. The D drop will take place right outside of the Compuware Building, so everyone in the area should be able to see it, no cost required.
So, if you find yourself uninspired this New Year’s Eve and/or without anywhere to go, make your way downtown and support Detroit by attending this event, whether you pay to get in or watch from the cold, snowy sidewalks one thing’s for sure, you will be privy to experiencing something very special and hopefully your memories will fuel a new tradition for the city of Detroit.