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First Night St. Petersburg 2016 Celebrates 23 years

First Night is a family oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts bringing music, art and entertainment to more than 25 venues in downtown St. Petersburg, FL.  First Night St. Petersburg 2016 is on December 31, 2015 from 4pm - midnight and is presented by The Rowdies. Returning for its 23rd year, its Florida’s largest and most popular First Night celebration!

We will be introducing a First Night App brought you with help from the AARP Life Reimagined Program.  It will have all the First night information and interactive maps to help you navigate around the event!

Participants can walk from venue to venue along St. Petersburg's busy, charming sidewalks and shops. Along the way, downtown boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars for patrons to enjoy throughout the evening.  We are going to run a First Trolley along Second Ave NE to help First Nighters travel between the ShuffleBoard Club and the Waterfront Parks.  All riders will need to have a First Night Admission Button.

The festivities will begin with FirstKids from 4-7pm at the First United Methodist Church with hat and mask making, the Second Time Arounders Musical Petting Zoo and Giant Puppets created with the Morean Center for Clay Summer Campers.  St Pete Makers will host an LED light making station and teach you how to add a simple LED light to your New Year’s Eve chapeau! There will be Science Superhero Shows by Mad Science.  FirstKids will finish with a colorful procession with Giant Sea Creature Puppets to the waterfront at 7:15pm led by the Mount Zion Drumline and Color Guard just in time for the Bubble Stomp and the First Fireworks at 8pm.

Christ Methodist Methodist Church will feature fun for the whole family with performances by Shana Banana and Chorus Angelorum.

First Night will wind-up the Centennial celebration of our treasured Mirror Lake Community Library with a Literary Carnival. In carnival-style fun, the library will feature games, crafts, giveaways, exhibits, presentations, performers and more.  Join the birthday bash and the culmination of a year of celebration which will wind up with a launch of 500 lighted boats on Mirror Lake.

Our Musical Stages will feature Rockabilly, Jazz, Opera, Chamber Music, Rock  Irish, Reggae and Folk Music.  On the Finale Stage we will be featuring the rock, flamenco and turkish melodies of Kafkasso with their amazing belly dancers.  Later in the evening we will be rocking to the bluegrass southern rock, jam-band sounds of Boxcar Hollow presented by the Mandarin Hide Cocktail Lounge.  Our Jazz stage will be featuring Belinda Womack doing an early Gospel set with a 15 person choir and then two sets of Jazz.  We will also have return performance by the PCCA Jazz Band. at the First United Methodist Church.  The Cathedral Church of St. Peter will feature Opera and Chamber music in it’s beautiful Sanctuary.  We will have Reggae music with Freelow and Shuffleboard at the ShuffleBoard Club.  The St. Petersburg Museum of History will be hosting the Celtic music of Empty Hats. presents Troubadours at the Greenhouse featuring the acoustic sounds of  Jun Bustamante, Sam Pacetti and Brooke Ramel.

On the Dance Stage, in Williams Park First Night Favorites, Dundu Dole and the Florida West Ballet will be joined by the Truth Tap Company.  Wannemacher Jensen Architects is producing an interactive dancing light installation at the Williams Park Band Shell.  Come be immersed in colored light, play in colored shadows, dance, and make larger than life shadow puppets. 

We will have the very popular Latin Dancing and Lessons at the Little Latin Quarter in front of the Museum of Fine Arts and Swing Dance lessons and Rockabilly with the Hot Rod Hornets in the Plaza Courtyard.

The Museum of Fine Arts is presenting: Curiosity: An Art Installation:

Inspired by the light and vegetation of Florida, Piotr Janowski aimed to highlight the beauty of his surroundings: “The meticulously applied and highly reflective medium invites the viewer to explore every groove and hair of the bark. Paradoxically, it is revealing through concealing.

We will have great theater this year!  American Stage Improv will be doing Improvisational Comedy at the Sunshine Center Auditorium and The Radio Theater Project will be recording read plays will members of the audience in the cast.  You know you want to be recorded live onstage!

In the Waterfront Parks, kick a soccer ball with The Rowdies and bring a team to compete in our Human Foosball Court!  Pathfinder will be leading Tree Climbing in the Banyan Tree again this year.  Sign up early as it sells out quickly!  New Year’s Resolutions can be made at the Friends Labyrinth and Resolution Bonfire and at the Resolution Fire Sculpture created by James Oleson.  Strap on skates and Ice Skate at the Glice Skating Rink.  We are bringing drumming back to First Night!  Be sure to grab a drum and join in the Drum Circle hosted by Drum Magic.

Enjoy Projection Fun, and short films at Movies in the Park tent with St. Pete Preservation.  We will have artists from Creative Clay and the Warehouse Arts District Artists drawing portraits. making prints and painting murals.  Keep your eyes out for street performers, temporary tattoos and other surprises and much more fun as you stroll.

We will have Kids Fireworks at 8pm and tFirst Night will finish with a Firework Finale at Midnight

Food will be available for purchase in Williams, North and South Straub Parks.




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