L.A. Hopes Grand Park Puts Some ‘Wow’ Into City’s New Year’s Eve

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New York has the iconic ball. San Francisco has fireworks by the Bay. Key West drops a conch shell and a drag queen in a giant high heel. But Los Angeles? For many in the city known for its glitz and glamour, New Year’s Eve is something of an empty promise.


Sculptor Michael Murphy installs his “L.A. 2014 Particle Sculpture” in Grand Park, with City Hall lighted for a test of a New Year’s Eve light show. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times /December 30, 2013)

The city’s blase approach to the night famously resulted in much hand-wringing during the Millennium eve, when L.A.’s celebrations looked sleepy compared to the bashes in London, New York, Paris and other world capitals.

Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Grand Park is looking to fill the gap left by bars, clubs and those left to watch Times Square revelers on TV by ringing in the New Year with its largest event yet.

“When we really sat down and thought, ‘What is that L.A. thing?’ we were really stumped. There’s so much diversity,” said Julia Diamond, programming director at Grand Park. “There was no one thing we could really drop.”

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