Thousands attend Auditorium Shores New Year's bash

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by KVUE News

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 11:08 PM

AUSTIN -- The party that brings 10,000 people to Austin's lakefront each New Year's Eve is underway.

The Austin's New Year family-friendly bash kicked off at 5 p.m. Tuesday. All the festivities last until 10:30 p.m. including the Austin Bike Zoo for the kids, food, acrobats, fireworks and of course, live music.

It was a busy morning for crews at Auditorium Shores. Many people were already on the scene putting the party together. Crews connected water supply for food vendors that will be there. They also assembled two massive stages where more than a dozen acts will perform.

Artists include Gina Chavez, the Peterson Brothers, the Warren Hood Band, 1001 Nights Orchestra, and the official state musician of Texas, Sara Hickman.

"We are super excited playing Auditorium Shores for Austin New Year's. It's really exciting to be sharing the stage with so many great artists," performer Gina Chavez said.

There will also be a mini film festival, where several Austin film organizations will screen selections.

City leaders say they are proud to host the party.

"This is one of those unique Austin events. For economic development we're very proud of it, for cultural arts this is standard fare," Director of Economic Development Kevin Johns said. 'Austin, with the university and all the young families here, all their parents, grandparents come down. It's just great for everybody to come out."

“Usually we just stay home and waiting for the ball to drop, but tonight we decided to get out,” said Timothy George Sr., an Austinite out with his son Timothy Jr.

City leaders want to remind everyone that shooting fireworks inside Austin city limits is illegal. If you want to be treated to a display, the best thing to do is head to Auditorium Shores.

The Austin Bicycle Zoo had on hand what were illuminated animal sculptures over bicycles which revelers took advantage of riding. The Bicycle Zoo was such a hit that many stopped to pose for pictures near them.

The crescendo of the event came at 10 p.m. with the fireworks show.

“There's all these families and people having a good time and the lights and the music. It's fun,” said Suvi Aika.

Capital Metro says it will run its regular weekday bus schedule on New Year's Eve, and rides are free. AAA is also offering its free Tipsy Tow program. That phone number is 1-800-AAA-HELP.

Go here for more information on Austin's New Year.

Go here for a list of road closures.

For more ideas on how to spend New Year's Eve in Austin go here.

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