Austin prepares for New Year's Eve

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

kvue.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 7:25 PM

AUSTIN -- New Year's Eve preparations are underway in downtown Austin.

It was a rainy morning, but crews were at Auditorium Shores Monday to prepare for a family-friendly event.

The area will be transformed into a festival with three live music stages, a short film screening area, a catapult, interactive light shows and a fireworks display.

"This is the third annual event. It goes on rain or shine," said Megan Crigger, City of Austin.

City officials are encouraging families to bring lawn chairs and blankets as they ring in the new year.

KVUE spoke with a couple who says they're not going to fight the crowds. Instead they're gathering with friends at home. 

"Not a chance! We have a nice gathering with a fireworks display," John and Alison Bencevenga said.

Capital Metro is offering fee rides to and from downtwon from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Austin Police Department is helping to pay for the free service.

Fireworks are not allowed inside Austin city limits, so if you want to watch the show it starts at 10 p.m.

Riverside Drive will be shut down between Lamar and First Street starting at 4 p.m. At 9 p.m. the stretch of Cesar Chavez between MoPac and First Street will be temporarily blocked off.

All roads will reopen around 11:30 p.m.

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