Baton Rouge events to ring in 2015

December 25, 2014 - storage organizer

Call it New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Red Stick style.

For a second year, Baton Rouge will applaud a New Year with a possess central giveaway party, Red Stick Revelry, on Wednesday. The mark is North Boulevard Town Square, and instead of a ball, a 9-foot LED-lighted red hang will dump during a cadence of midnight, ushering in 2015. After a hugs and kisses, fireworks will light a sky over a Mississippi River.

Coordinating a event, that drew an estimated 15,000 revelers to downtown for a initial Red Stick Revelry final year, is eventuality organizer Rannah Gray of Marmillion/Gray Media. Private supports from sponsors, concessions and sell sales go to producing a event, she said.

QA with Rannah Gray, Red Stick Revelry organizer

Q. It looks like a initial year for Red Stick Revelry was a outrageous success. How many people are we awaiting this year?

A. Last year was a good throng and we are anticipating for even some-more people this year, since we have stretched a module to embody live song performances by internal favorites David St. Romain and a lapse rendezvous by Phat Hat, who put on a uncover final year that still has people talking.

Q. Will there be anything opposite this year than last?

A. We’ve combined two-and-a-half hours to a dusk uncover to give people even some-more options for formulation to spend an dusk downtown. The midday eventuality starts during 11 a.m. and will underline internal dance association Of Moving Colors training kids of all ages some cold moves along with artists operative with a Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge to yield some fun, hands-on activities for kids. At noon, a Red Stick rises into place and Mayor-President Kip Holden leads a children in singing “Auld Lang Syne” — and there are always a few surprises.

Q. Are there any skeleton to increase a fireworks show?

A. There will be a extensive fireworks uncover like a one hold in early Dec during a Festival of Lights to accompany a Red Stick dump during a finish of a video countdown in Town Square. The Town Lawn nearby a Red Stick dump will be a best place for observation a fireworks show.

Q. The Red Stick itself was a large initial squeeze ($40,000). Where is it stored and what has to be finished to get it prepared for this year?

A. The Founding Sponsors of Red Stick Revelry purchased a Red Stick and donated it to a people of Baton Rouge, so it is delicately stored by a Department of Public Works and afterwards taken out of storage, carried to a tip of a guide in Town Square and tested. It sits on tip of a guide until noon on New Year’s Eve when it is lifted adult a 30-foot hang where it will lay about 60 feet in a atmosphere until one notation before midnight, when it starts a descent.

Q. Would we still cruise it a family-friendly event?

A. Yes, we were so gratified that families attended together final year, and we wish they will again. Both bands interest to a extended assembly and have good followings when they perform in a area, and we wish to work to keep this a family-friendly eventuality with a party selection.

Q. What suggestions would we make for people entrance downtown for a evening? What should they bring?

A. Come early, park in possibly a River Center or Third Street garages. For a performances on a Crest Stage, we can move folding chairs or blankets for sitting, though no ice chests. Port-o-lets will be located on a easterly side of a River Center Library. We inspire everybody to make an dusk of it with a cooking reservation during one of a downtown restaurants, after hours during a downtown clubs or a Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, or devise to stay during one of a downtown hotels so we can nap in. You can get some-more information on downtown restaurants and hotels during or

Q. Will there be food and splash vendors?

A. Yes, there will be food and libation vendors nearby a theatre and nearby a Red Stick drop.

Q. After a hang drops, and a fireworks go off, does a throng flattering most sunder after that?

A. After a Red Stick drops, live song continues adult and down a Third Street mezzanine until 2 a.m.

Q. Will there be a live radio or TV promote of a drop?

A. We are really vehement that WAFB-TV will again lift Red Stick Revelry live from a special Red Stick Revelry set located nearby a Red Stick in Town Square with reporters sailing in a throng and Andre Moreau will again offer as a on-stage Red Stick Revelry emcee.

Q. What is Revelers’ Row, and is that new this year?

A. Since flourishing this eventuality depends on anticipating new ways people can support Red Stick Revelry, we have combined several fun ways this year to lift additional supports so we were means to enhance a show. We had several downtown businesses horde tiny events like a Celebrity Waiter Night during Stroube’s, a Champagne Stroll to a downtown hotels and an After Christmas Hangover Happy Hour during Huey’s. On New Year’s Eve, one of a new opportunities is Revelers’ Row, that is a new VIP area in Live Oak Plaza right nearby a Red Stick. This will give congregation a front quarrel chair to a movement and a possibility to support a eventuality to keep it growing. Those tickets are offered for $150 any during a Red Stick Revelry website ( and embody food, drink and booze and a champagne toast during midnight.

Red Stick Revelry Schedule (all events Wednesday)

11 a.m.-noon: Red Stick Rising, North Boulevard Town Square Hands-on activities for kids with a Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge; Of Moving Colors Dance Productions and a “Red Stick Revelry” song; singing of “Auld Lang Syne” with Mayor-President Kip Holden as a Red Stick rises to 60 feet above Town Square where it will lay until countdown begins

6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.: David St. Romain, Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza

9 p.m.-midnight: Phat Hat, Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza

11:59 p.m.-midnight: Red Stick Drop, Town Square, fireworks uncover over a Mississippi River

Other BR celebrations

Crowne Plaza New Year’s Eve Party: 4728 Constitution Ave., doors opens during 7 p.m., featuring Chase Tyler Band, Carbon Copy and The V-Tones, dinner, open bar, room packages available, (225) 925-2244 or

New Year’s Eve during The Radisson: 2445 S. Acadian Thruway, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., 3 opposite parties with DJ Blackout Beatz, DJ Big Cheese and horde Tony King, balloon drop, champagne during midnight, food and more, $60, person; $100, couple, room packages available, (225) 236-4000 or

New Year’s Eve with Henry Turner Jr. Flavor: 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Blues Room, 244 Lafayette St., special guest Johnny Midnite with some-more gusts TBA, $10, reservations suggested, giveaway champagne during midnight, (225) 334-7663 or

Other song shows

Drivin’ N Cryin’: Chelsea’s Café

Voyage Band: Renaissance Hotel (7 p.m.)

Top Shelf: Happy’s Irish Pub (10 p.m.)

Cam Pyle Band: Lava Cantina (9 p.m.)

LA. 1: Club 12 (1695 Beaumount Drive, 9 p.m.)

Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time: American Legion Hall (151 S. Wooddale Blvd. (8:30 p.m.)

Dixie Rose Acoustic Circle: Teddy’s Juke Joint (Zachary, 8 p.m.)

Debbie Landry: On a Half Shell (6:30 p.m.)

DJ Lightfoot: Roux House (9 p.m.)

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