There was music and drumming, dancing and acrobatics, plays and recitals, food and drink (all alcohol-free), and a lot of us spectators to oh and ah, applaud and enjoy all of the above. We even got two fireworks displays (one at 9pm for the little ones and another at midnight as the old year rolled out of town on its way to expire in the watery grave of its ancestors.
I lead a contingent of my Night Photography meetup group to document the happenings there at the Grand Center’s annual First Night, and we enjoyed the lights and action, cameras in hand (tripods also). My favorite part of the event was watching the other spectators. People of all sizes, ages and descriptions thronged the restaurants, theaters and other venues participating in the event. Children sitting on their parents’ shoulders appeared, from my perspective, to glide above the crowd (they certainly had the best view of the goings-on), whereas I, not being the pushy sort, had to press slowly through it. Still, it was a good night for photos