Thousands expected for New Year’s Eve celebration

Salisbury’s New Year’s Eve celebration returns Sunday night for its fifth incarnation. People gathered Downtown will welcome a bright, new year as they watch a lit ball gravitate at the intersection of Main and North Division streets. A family event, proceedings will begin at 8 p.m., continue until just after midnight. The featured entertainment is by The Larks, Tops Cut Off DJ Team and AMP Studios.

Salisbury’s New Year’s Eve celebration logo – a sketch of a two-story brick building with NYE covering one side – also counts down to 2018.

When all four panels for days, hours, minutes and seconds reach zero, hundreds of people gathered Downtown will welcome a bright, new year as they watch a lit ball gravitate at the intersection of Main and North Division streets.

Salisbury’s fifth New Year’s Eve ball drop, a family event, will begin at 8 p.m., continue until just after midnight and feature entertainment by The Larks, Tops Cut Off DJ Team and AMP Studios.

A large screen will allow those in the audience to see the bands, even if they are far from stage, said Jamie Heater, Arts & Entertainment Director for the city.

About 2,500 people are expected to attend.

At midnight, the 4 ½-foot ball, covered in what Heater described as “tens of thousands of lights” will be lowered by crane off the Salisbury Fire Department tower truck.

“The ball is a steel structure. The shell on the inside is covered in tube lights all the way around. It has more than 1,200 feet of tube lights around it and thousands of zip ties holding it together. It’s pretty fantastic,” Heater said.

“It was all handmade and welded locally by 3rd Friday volunteers. It’s made of solid steel. The lights will be on the whole time but the interior lights will start to do something different around midnight,” she said.

“The big thing I’m excited about is, the mayor pulled some strings and for New Year’s Eve we will have a temporary reprieve of all the paving equipment so we can enjoy that open street,” Heater said, referring to recent paving and upgrades.

Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar and a variety of snacks will be for sale from Vittles and Hawaiian Hot Dog food trucks.

Also on New Year’s Eve, just down Route 13 in historic Princess Anne, a stuffed muskrat wearing a top hat and cape will zipline down Somerset Avenue.

The street will be closed for a celebration that’s free and open to the public with the spotlight on foods, giveaways, fresh-shucked oysters, Smith Island cake, DJ Rondell Redding and entertainment by the band Uprizing.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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