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Big party planned in downtown Flint on New Year's Eve

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(12/30/13) - Downtown Flint will be rocking as the Downtown Development Authority holds its second annual New Year's Eve party. Organizers are expecting twice as many people as last year.

"You got your choice of about a dozen restaurants and bars down here that are all open, all different varieties of music and food. And we'll have the entertainment tent if you just want to come down and party," said Gerard Burnash, of the Flint DDA.

The DDA says that party could include up to 10,000 people. A large, heated beer tent will be set up in the Flat Lot and a DJ will be spinning tunes.

"It was packed last year, so we got it bigger and better this year. It's going to be a great time, twice as big as last year, three times the serving stations," Burnash said.

At the beer tent there will be a drawing for a free vacation.

"Come down, register and they'll be giving away a trip for two to Las Vegas," Burnash said.

The action kicks off at 9 Tuesday night. Fireworks are planned for midnight.    

While many bars and restaurants will be open on New Year's Eve in downtown Flint, not all will be serving alcohol. Cafe Rhema wants to offer an alternative.

"There's a large number of people who don't drink but want to come out and see fireworks, have fun, stay up late and enjoy New Year's Eve with a group of people," said Michael Thibodeau, Cafe Rhema manager.

Cafe Rhema says many college students in the area are underage and might enjoy dropping in.

"Come warm up, get a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, a sandwich or any thing like that. We're expecting to be busy," Thibodeau said.

There's no cover charge throughout the night at any of the participating businesses. Two parking ramps will be open to accommodate all the visitors.

"It's going to be crazy here on New Year's Eve," Burnash said with a smile.

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