Preparations begin for 'The Drop'
Detroit —Those suffering from holiday fatigue remember — you are in the home-stretch —New Year's Eve is Wednesday.
Say goodbye to the holidays and 2014 the Detroit-way during the 5th Annual Motor City New Year's Eve event called, The Drop at Campus Maritus and Cadillac Square.
On Saturday a work-crew from AV7 Productions, was constructing the giant truss towers where the giant, blue letter "D" will descend. For the last three years AV7 has also provided sound, lighting, video, staging and fireworks for the event.
Matt Flynn, of Ultimate Fun Productions and Events, the promotion component to The Drop, said it is an all ages event.
"This year we will have three stages, five bands, two DJs and multiple entertainment acts," said Flynn. "Live entertainment will start at 7 p.m., as opposed to last year which was at 10 p.m. There will be more food vendors, additional bars and fun activities."
Flynn said there will be a Kid's Zone from 4-7 p.m. where little revelers can enjoy karaoke, live musical entertainment, face painting and carriage rides. At 6:30 p.m., there will special dropping of the "D" for youth.
The handmade "D" was created in Detroit by brothers Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center.
This years event is expected to attract 30,000 people thanks to warmer weather, said Flynn.
"Last year in the below zero temperatures with the snow blowing sideways, we had 20,000 people," said Flynn.
Flynn said the first year of the event attracted 3,500 people and was a much humbler production.
"That year they had a piece of ply wood with a "D" on it and dropped it from a crane," he said. "They get better and better every year."
New this year is a massive heated tent that will offer activities and entertainment until 2 a.m.
Flynn said there is another New Year's Eve event at the Athenuem Suite Hotel in Greektown called, the Motor City Gala. Party packages range in price from $85 to $1,300. Attendees can hop a shuttle that will take them to Cadillac Square for "The Drop."
For more information about the 5th Annual Motor City New Year's Eve event called, The Drop at Campus Maritus and Cadillac Square, call (313) 355-0413 or visit www.MotorCityNYE.com.
For information on the Motor City Gala at the Athenuem Suite Hotel in Greektown call (248) 543-1000 or visit motorcitygala.com.