First Night Spokane expects 35,000 to ring in the New Year

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 1:37 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Vendors Downtown prepared Tuesday for an expected crowd of 35,000 to ring in the New Year at the annual First Night celebration in Spokane.


Spokane Falls was closed until 1 a.m. January 1st from Stevens Street to Post Street to make way for crowds. Additionally, the streets Howard and Wall were also closed between Spokane Falls and Main Street.
 
Among the vendors was Kevin Gilbert from The Old Fashion Popcorn Company who said he expected to sell 150 pounds of popcorn during the festival.


The Fitzgerald family’s ice sculptured zombie hand was a hit with the crowd.  They said the sculpture coming out of the ground would be a good omen for 2014. 
 
Other attractions included art in River Park Square and a karaoke competition at IMAX.
 
The event culminated at midnight with fireworks.

For more information, visit the First Night website here. 

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