FIRST NIGHT Alexandria, Virginia... one of the First Night celebrations becoming popular around the world

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    Dec 31, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    First Night celebrations around the world are becoming more popular with each passing year. If you've never attended First Night Alexandria, you don't know what you're missing!

    First Night is a celebration of the new year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, office lobbies, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent. Recent performers at First Night Alexandria include clowns, face painters and magicians for children to a world-class Scottish fiddler, a Grammy-nominated rock and roll guitarist and a classical cellist for adults.

    For a small fee for adults (children 12 and under are free), you have access to all the entertainment (in 2006 there were 64 performing acts on 43 stages - a total of 187 performances!) all evening! Free shuttle buses are available to performance venues all evening. Free parking is available if you brought your car. And we celebrate the dawning of a new year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display!

    It's all great fun, affordable, safe and venues are alcohol free. Make you plans now to join us for First Night Alexandria on December 31. We'll update this site frequently so come back and see all the plans as they come together!

    First Night revives the ancient traditions of marking the passage of time in a present day context. It was created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's Eve revelry in 1976. Each year thereafter, other communities began to ask the founding members of First Night Boston for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year's Eve.

    This link shows the full schedule of performances for First Night...
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    Jan 01, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    I was thinking of attending, but I worked today and I'm pooped! It should be nice! My job is normally a sponsor of the event.
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    Jan 01, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    Sounds like something Omaha should check into!!!
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    Jan 01, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Me, my partner, our roommate and her fiance went to the one in Annapolis. I believe this was their first year. We had a good time, although they had to cancel the fireworks display at midnight.