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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Unhappy New Year Richmond

Style reports Mayor Jone's halfhearted effort to save Carytown New Year's Eve party. This was a tradition that Richmond embraced and the city government smothered. I went the the 2nd annual event two years ago anticipating a mini Times Square event and I wasn't disappointed. I saw three great bands, Prabir and the Substitutes, a Johnny Cash tribute band and I can't remember the third, but it was great fun to hang out in the crush of people and celebrate Richmond. I think crowd estimates were near 20,000. I captured some fun pics and a bit of video, not bad considering the 2nd hand camera I got off Ebay. Some of my best shots were taken through the refracting cardboard (eye)glasses that were being passed out for souvenirs. I still have them. They create some great special effects on the cheap.

This was good for Carytown and good for Richmond. With all that has gone wrong this year we could have used a citywide party to boost our spirits. I'm afraid we've gone from too much (Doug Wilder) to too little (Mayor Jones). So far I don't think he's done a bad job, just an uninspired one. It is still early in the game and we are miles ahead of where we were. This year I am thankful Doug Wilder is no longer our Mayor. Next year I hope to feel better about our new one.

Here's the posts from New Year's Eve 2007.

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Anonymous said...

I do agree that the Carytown New Years Eve is great for Richmonders, however it is quite expensive for the retailers in Carytown, considering they are not open during the celebrations. It would be nice to find a way to make it work for all parties involved.

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