The city of Indianapolis has announced plans for a downtown New Year's Eve celebration. The event will include live music, fireworks and an Indycar that will descend during the countdown to midnight.

October 17, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Today, Downtown Indy, along Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other community leaders, announced initial plans for a community-wide, public celebration of New Year's Eve on Georgia Street for December 31, 2014. Featuring an exciting entertainment line-up, stimulating sights, plenty of food and drink and a unique midnight extravaganza, Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry promises to become a new Indy holiday tradition.

Headlining the event will be The White Panda – a nationally recognized and very popular act. They will bring their electrifying EDM (electronic dance music) craze to Downtown. And at 11:59 p.m. on 12/31, when in most cities the traditional “ball drop” takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst great fanfare and fireworks at midnight.

“Indy showed the world it could host a great celebration Downtown during the Super Bowl,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “I am excited to see a similar kind of excitement continue here on Georgia Street as people come together to ring in the New Year.”

Joining The White Panda at other times throughout the evening on New Year's Eve will be:

o An Innocent Band – a great regional Billy Joel tribute band

o Corey Cox

o The Groove Factor

o Greta Speaks

o And our House DJ: Fred Lockett AKA DJ Lockstar

The all-ages evening will also feature a chance for revelers to step inside out of the cold thanks to Pacers Sports & Entertainment. Family-friendly activities are planned inside the Entry Pavilion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the united support of the Pacers, Fever, Colts, Indians, Fever and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We couldn't even attempt this event without the support and involvement of our civic partners and sponsors,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy. “We want the entire community to feel welcome to this free event – and that would only be possible with our growing list of sponsors, which currently includes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Star, Visit Indy and our title sponsor, The Indiana Union Construction Industry. Thanks to them – and those who are still considering our sponsorship appeal, we will deliver a top-notch celebration this year and for years to come.”

About Downtown Indy

Founded in 1993, Downtown Indy, a public/private partnership existing to improve Downtown is also known as Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Downtown Indy is uniquely positioned to address issues that affect the area's growth and well-being. Downtown Indy focuses on three areas: development, management and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play.

About Top Notch and The Indiana Union Construction Industry

Top Notch is the largest labor/management association representing union construction in the state of Indiana. Representing more than 75,000 union tradesmen and 4,000 contractors, Top Notch is an association of diverse construction employers and labor organizations, partnering to coordinate the interests and goals of the union construction industry. Its mission is to promote the union construction industry to its customers and its community. As the leaders of our industry, they are skilled on principle, union by choice.

Source: Downtown Indy

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