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Friday, December 30, 2005

First Night Events in Utah

Salt Lake City will hold an extensive, New Orleans-themed New Year's Eve celebration this Saturday at the center of town. In addition to the standard fireworks display, First Night will feature all sorts of entertainment including comedy shows, music, food, and more.

The event is designed to be family-friendly, and alcohol is not allowed on the premises. The cost of admission is $10, and admission pins can be purchased at the celebration or beforehand at Albertson's, the ZCMI Center and The Gateway concierge desk. Free parking is available at numerous locations throughout the downtown area, and TRAX tickets are free with the purchase of admission.

Events will be held at numerous locations in the downtown area, including the Salt Palace Convention Center, Rose Wagner Performing Art Center, Abravanel Hall, Gateway, and Temple Square. The block of West Temple between 100 South and 200 South will temporarily be renamed "Big Easy Street" as part of the festivities.

Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas headline the celebration, and will perform from 10:30 p.m. to Midnight on the main stage on Big Easy Street. The evening will conclude at Midnight with fireworks and an on-stage jambalaya party.

Other performers, events, and activities include jugglers, break dancers, fire dancing, comedy shows, hands-on exhibits from the Children's Museum of Utah, a hypnotist, concerts featuring several varieties of music, a Native American pow-wow, a film festival, and a parade.

In addition, other cities and towns all over Utah will hold their own First Night celebrations.

For more information on First Night Salt Lake City as well as the other New Year's celebrations around the state, read this article from the Salt Lake Tribune or visit http://www. firstnightslc.org.

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