Austin New Year's Eve party includes cultural mix


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist ROBERT McMURREY

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Posted on December 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 1:04 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin is bracing for the New Year by kicking off 2013 with the third annual A.N.Y. (Austin’s New Year) celebration at Auditorium Shores.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill the lawn for the family-friendly and alcohol-free event.

On Thursday city leaders unveiled the schedule of events, which includes a mix of entertainment like performances by the Austin Chinese Arts Association dancers, music from 22 different bands and interactive exhibits.
This year the city is expanding the music at A.N.Y. There will be three stages, including a stage dedicated to youth acts. Different bands will perform every hour.
The ideas for A.N.Y. came straight from the arts community.
“We can see we have a chi-pow, we have a kung-fu. We have Chinese folk dancing. We also bring Chinese lanterns which represent hope for the New Year and give [them] to the children during the events,” said Jinyu Wang of the Austin Chinese Arts Association.
Parking is limited at Auditorium Shores for the event. The public is urged to park at nearby garages or use public transportation.
Capital Metro has announced that it will wave bus fares beginning at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is urging people to use the bus system or designate a sober driver. The department will enforce a no-refusal initiative, meaning any driver suspected of driving drunk will have to submit to a breath or blood alcohol test.
A.N.Y. kicks off on New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m. It ends with a fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake at 10 p.m.