BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The capital city hosted its 10th Red Stick Revelry on New Year’s Eve. The tradition includes children’s arts and crafts, live music, the drop of a nine-foot LED red stick in town square at midnight.
Rannah Gray has volunteered for the Red Stick Revelry since the beginning of the tradition.
What I like about this event, is that it comes together all ages, very diverse audience,” Gray said.
Dozens of people showed up for the kid’s arts and crafts on Saturday. Some out-of-town visitors like the Watson’s decided to drive from Jackson, Mississippi to indulge in the festivities.
“Just the kid’s activities and stuff we really don’t have anything like that in Jackson,” Daniel and Melinda Watson say said. “Plus, a zoo, and we really wanted to visit the zoo.”
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome attended the kid’s festivities earlier in the day to turn on the Red Stick for the 12-hour countdown to midnight.
“I certainly am going to embrace family our community, and just being the best person and leader that I can be for this great city and parish,” said Broome.
New Year’s Eve by the Mississippi River began at 8 p.m. Live music was performed by Shawn Ward Xperience. Phat Hat took to the stage at 9:30 p.m.
As the Red Stick drops, the fireworks show over the Mississippi River began.