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If the Tournament of Roses is LA's answer to New York's Macy's Parade, is Downtown's public New Year's Eve bash our version of Time's Square's ball drop? Sure looks like it, because the inaugural event at Grand Park was insanely popular.
Our sister site Curbed LA notes that even without any stars or big musical acts (there were electronic music DJs, though), the free celebration drew approximately 25,000 partygoers. Visual highlights included art installations throughout the park, as well as 3D projections of a countdown clock and the night's hashtag (#NYELA) on City Hall.
Between this and A Club Called Rhonda's (hopefully annual) takeover at The Standard, DTLA is sure to be the NYE place to be for years to come.
· Inside LA's Insanely Popular First Public New Year's Eve Party [Curbed]
· Mapped! A Guide to LA's Raddest New Year's Eve Ragers [Racked]
· Behold: The Rose Parade's Beverly Hills Float in All Its Glory [Racked]