Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There’s a few ways for locals to ring in the new year Monday.
In Lockport, a New Year’s Eve celebration will start off at 9 p.m. in the Ulrich City Centre parking lot. Organizer Gary Chapman of Lockport Promotions is expecting a big crowd.
“We’re expecting 10,000,” he said.
The New Year’s ball drop started in Lockport about 12 or 13 years ago with Alderman John Lombardi running the show, Chapman said. The event was held in the city hall parking lot until Chapman took over and moved it to the Ulrich City Centre about five years ago.
“My motto is bigger is better,” Chapman said.
Monday’s activities include live performances by The Teasers and 100 Proof Justice, as well as a petting zoo run by Lakeview Animal Sanctuary for kids. That’s weather permitting of course, Chapman said.
“We were spoiled last year,” he said, referring to the 59-degree temperatures.
Fireworks will be shot off from the parking ramp on Main Street for the final time. The ramp will be taken down in 2013.
And like they always have, Clark Rigging will provide a ball for the midnight drop. Chapman said Clark gave the ball to the city, which inspired the idea for the New Year’s Eve event.
The Wilson House will host a New Year’s Eve event Monday night with dinner and live music. Also, a family friendly event starts at 7 p.m. in Wilson, including music and fun for all ages. The ‘Lil Apple Ball Drop, a lighted New Year’s ball drop, takes place for the youngsters at 9 p.m. and then again at midnight.
In North Tonawanda, 2013 will be welcomed in the Gateway Harbor for the fifth year. Family activities start at 6 p.m. with two alcohol free Kids Fun Zones and a scavenger hunt with prizes. The band High Horse will perform on Sweeney Street from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.