The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has unveiled plans for this year’s first night celebration. The annual alcohol-free family-friendly New Year’s Eve event downtown will not only celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, it will also look forward to the international event to be held at Heinz Field the next day. Organizers are expecting record turn out with thousands of out-of-towners expected to be in the city for the New Year’s Day NHL Winter Classic pitting the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitols.
The event kicks off at 6:00pm with fireworks and wraps up at midnight with a rising lighted ball and more fireworks. In between there will be more than 120 events at 50 venues in the cultural district including a parade, visual arts displays and a long list of performances including a concert by the Tower of Power, 30 plays in 60 minutes by Chicago based "The NeoFuturists" and a performance by local favorite Squonk Opera. First Night Board Chair Kenneth McCrory says it will be a great way to show everyone in town what the city has to offer. Many of the exhibitions and events will have a hockey theme including art using hockey sticks and performances by giant penguin puppets.
A full list of the e vents can be found at the First Night website.