New Year’s Eve in Carytown–Quite a Scene

This post is being typed just after midnight from my front porch, half a block from Cary St. and the city’s inaugural New Year’s Eve party in Carytown. There are masses of folks walking by, all looking pretty darn happy (and, importantly, not too drunk).

When we wandered out into the crowd earlier this evening between 9:30 and 10, there was a decent crowd—about Watermelon Festival density, but over just two blocks—most notable for the long line to procure beer. Besides the alcohol, there was a smattering of street vendors offering food and a music stage going.

Cue a few minutes to midnight, and there was a much wilder scene—pretty much as many human bodies packed into a two block areas as possible, bumping into one another and both delighted and amused by the ball rising over New York Deli and striking midnight, setting off a brief firework display. Probably about 80% of the crowd is under 30, but as folks stream away more and more older folks are passing by as well.

While it will not be surprising to read reports about some mild misbehavior—just now, someone was climbing atop our neighbors’ car and needed to be yelled at–this looks likely to go down as a success. Good thing the crowd is pretty well-behaved because there aren’t nearly enough police officers out here.

Me thinks a new Richmond tradition has been born. Happy 2007!

1 a.m. update:

Okay, I headed back out and caught the last half of the Black Cash Band’s set amidst a much smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd. As the band’s name suggest, Black Cash wears all black and knows damn near every Johnny Cash song, including tunes he only covered, and they also threw in a Waylon Jennings number for a little variety.

Here are a few pictures of the band, the crowd, and folks dancing.

Addendum, 1/3: Still more pictures can be found here.



Published in: on January 1, 2007 at 5:23 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Not sure if I was more delighted with the a.m. or the p.m. posts. Together they got my new year off to a fine start. Am excited to realize that we only live a couple of blocks apart, and hope to get together sometime in the coming year. Thanks for keeping this going!!

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