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New Year's Eve ball to rise over Carytown again

The ball will rise over Carytown on New Year's Eve once again. (Source: NBC12) The ball will rise over Carytown on New Year's Eve once again. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Carytown will once again host a New Year's Eve celebration, but it will once again take on a different look.

The ball will rise on top of New York Deli, instead of the Byrd Theater as it had in years past, according to ball owner Todd Schall-Vess. The event, sponsored by private businesses in the shopping district, will not be organized by the Carytown Merchants Association or the Byrd Theater.

Also, unlike some past years, there are no street closures for the event. Schall-Vess expects a smaller crowd than in past years with the addition of a Brown's Island New Year's Eve event. Large crowds had caused problems in the past and were part of the reason behind last year's last minute ball raising at Hardywood Park.

The Hardywood event drew 2,000 people on just one day's notice. Organizers expect 10,000 to attend the Brown's Island celebration this year. The event on the river will boast two virtual balls displayed on a 50-foot tower powered by LED technology. One will drop to signify the end of 2014, while another rises for 2015.

The Brown's Island event will also feature DJs, food trucks and alcohol sales.

Both the Carytown and Brown's Island events will be free, though each offers VIP sections for a cost. 

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