Ball to rise in Carytown tonight

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're heading out to celebrate the new year in the day ahead, police urge you to do so responsibly.

And if you still haven't decided what you're going to do tonight, try heading to Carytown.

Everything is set to go to make sure thousands of people are outside the Byrd Theater to watch the ball rise at midnight.

And while people are expected to gather about 10 minutes before midnight, it will be a big night for all the businesses that line Cary Street.

This is no formal even - but the giant illuminated New Year's Eve ball is dusted off and ready to go.

It will feature some new LED lights to welcome in 2011.

Restaurants all up and down Cary Street are hoping for a big night, especially thanks to the fact that no blocks of Carytown will be closed this year.

With thousands of people out, there will be plenty of police officers on the roads looking for drunk drivers.

There are several ways to avoid becoming a victim tonight of a DUI.

You can get a designated driver, or you could always ride the free, Bottom-and-Back bus.

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