CLEVELAND-- In just one day, Public Square will be filled with thousands of people; all of them there to ring in the new year.
"It's really never been done on this scale, so we're excited to do something new,” said Tony Madalone with Ohio Homecoming Group. They’re organizing the event called Cleveland Rocks.
A celebration of this kind hasn’t been seen in years. In fact the last time there was anything like it was in 2000. Madalone said it was time to bring the party back to downtown.
"It's going to be unique. It's going to be fun. Our theme is electric ice, so it's going to be electric,” he said.
If you haven’t already heard, Drew Carey is hosting the new year’s bash. He’s not the only big name that will be there, though. Krewella will be performing too. They’re an up and coming pop group. Besides entertainment, there’ll be lots of food, and all of it from local vendors.
With big crowds, always comes security concerns, but he said they’ve got that covered. There’ll be both police and private security on site.
"It is a huge initiative, but we just like to bring people together and give back to the community. This is something we can do. It's a free event and we hope to see everyone there,” said Madalone.
Whether or not you’re planning to attend, most said they’re just happy to see the city celebrating.
"Especially when they're doing it in smaller cities, like Akron. So yeah, it's good they're bringing it back,” said Jim Wilgus.
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