NYE LA: New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park returns after 2 years of cancellation as forecast calls for rain

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CNS) — What organizers are calling the West Coast’s biggest free New Year’s Eve event will take place in person for the first time since 2019 on Saturday night, with rain forecast.

Approximately 40,000 visitors are expected at NYELA in Grand Park, which will feature musical performances on two stages, nearly 30 of Los Angeles’ most popular food trucks and art installations, culminating with a 3D countdown light show projected onto City Hall.

Grand Park’s NYELA begins at 8 p.m. Rain is forecast in downtown Los Angeles, but the event will go ahead “rain or shine,” organizers said.

Umbrellas are prohibited in Grand Park, as is alcohol, which is not sold. The star will be Cimafunk, the Grammy-nominated Cuban musician known for fusing Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms with global funk, hip-hop and soul. Cimafunk will perform on the Countdown Stage on the Grand Park event lawn adjacent to City Hall between Broadway and Spring Street from 11:05 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.

Cimafunk received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album in November for “El Alimento.”

The other artists on the Countdown stage will be Latin cumbia alternative musician San Cha and electronic jazz musician Mark de Clive-Lowe & Friends, Versa-Style Dance Company and the Kimbambula Cuban Dance and Music Ensemble.

KCRW-FM (89.9) host Raul Campos will host the stage. Global Bass DJ Gingee will be the first DJ on the Get Down Stage, located on Block 2 of the park between Grand Avenue and Olive Court. She is followed by bhangra/afrobeat DJ MTooray and cumbia-latin DJ collective Cumbiatn. Marques Wyatt will be spinning deep house beats from 00:05 to 00:30 to conclude the celebration.

Beach chairs, alcohol, fireworks, and firearms are among the other prohibited items in Grand Park. See the entire list below grandparkla.org.

Snacks, groceries, sealed juice boxes, and empty reusable water containers without glass are allowed.

Parking is available in the Music Center garage and Walt Disney Concert Hall for $10 per vehicle. Visitors are strongly advised to travel by public transport. Grand Park is located at the Civic Center/Grand Park station on the Metro B Line (red) and Metro D Line (purple). Subway rides are free from Saturday 9pm to Sunday 2am.

There will be four specially marked entrances to Grand Park:

  • Broadway and Second Street

Meanwhile, a free, alcohol and drug-free New Year’s Eve event begins at 9 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall in West Hollywood.

The theme of VIBEZ: A Sober New Year’s Celebration is Astrological Wellness. The celebration includes drag entertainment, dancing, light refreshments, tarot and palmistry reading, psychics and star charts.

Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate. Advance RSVP is recommended here.

A New Year’s Eve countdown begins at 11:30 p.m. on the Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park in Santa Monica, with a 60-second countdown beginning at 11:59 p.m. Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park just north of the pier, from beach hotels or online at www.pacpark.com/live or www.youtube.com/pacpark.

The Ferris wheel lighting program will use a variety of colors and patterns from its 174,000 LED lights to display a 60-second numeric countdown, a horizontal ‘Happy New Year!’, an oversized ‘2023’ and ‘Happy New Year’ ‘ in more than 16 languages ​​after the countdown, including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, German, French and Japanese.

The Santa Monica Pier closes at 10:00 PM. There are no fireworks shows on the pier or Santa Monica State Beach.

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