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Bright Night organizers unveil New Year’s Eve events

11:58 AM Tue, Dec 23, 2008 | Permalink

By Richard Salit
Journal staff writer

PROVIDENCE — Since the city hadn’t levied a new tax on costumes, there had to be another reason for the boisterous gathering at City Hall of the Snow Queen, Casey Jones and several Big Nazo characters

And indeed there was.

The group assembled inside on the grand staircase to publicize Bright Night Providence, the sixth annual New Year’s Eve celebration put on in the Capitol City by a non-profit, artist-run organization. Still, it was hard to keep the rowdy characters focused on that.

“Many politicians have thrown themselves under my train,” quipped the Casey Jones character getting caught up in the City Hall scene.

This year’s event replaces fireworks with a midnight laser show, headlines an acrobatic act called the Nerveless Nocks and features 160 performers at 22 venues. It also incorporates a Providence Friars basketball game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The first 3,000 people with Bright Night wristbands may enter the game versus St. John’s University for free.

Tickets to Bright Night are $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the event (when a family four-pack may be purchased for $50). Tickets are on sale online at www.brightnight.org, by calling (401) 621-6123 or by visiting ArtTixRI, on Westminster Street, any BankRI location, all OOP! locations and the East Side Marketplace.

For more information, including the schedule of Bright Night events, visit www.brightnight.org.

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