Vancouverites will have another reason to look forward to celebrating another New Years in the city. After over a decade, Vancouver NYE will bring back their traditional family-friendly free multicultural event to Jack Poole Plaza at Vancouver Convention Centre West and along Canada Place Way, in Downtown Vancouver.
After being called off a few times during the 90s because of financial struggles, the public NYE celebration was permanently cancelled in late 2003 due to lack of infrastructure to host an expected 20,000 attendees. Organizers claimed that there wasn’t enough adequate lighting or parking space for such a big crowd.
The new and improved celebration is an initiative of Vancouver NYE Celebration Society, a non-profit organization founded by the folks behind local lifestyle and entertainment blog Vancity Buzz. They’ve teamed up with brand.LIVE, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and Tourism Vancouver, among others, to help with the upcoming event.
“It’s exciting to see community partners stepping up to bring a New Year’s celebration back to Vancouver,” observes Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver is known worldwide for its major festivals and events throughout the year, but there is a definite need for a significant family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.”
The inaugural NYE VAN celebration in downtown will feature food carts, exhibits, a lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, roaming attractions and a multitude of entertainment options focused on the families with young children. Starting off at 6pm, the NYE VAN is set to be an all-inclusive party for the family to welcome 2015 with music and an easy-going atmosphere. After the big countdown at midnight, a massive firework show will be displayed from a barge in Coal Harbour.