The festivities, running from 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m., will feature the electronic dance music of disc jockey Kap Slap, country music by Corey Cox and the duo of Dave and Whitney and Rubbaband, a Motown rhythm and blues group. There will also be food and beverages.
At 11:59 p.m., when in most cities the traditional ball drop takes place, an IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will once again descend to a collective countdown amidst great fanfare and fireworks at midnight.
A new element this year will include the opportunity for one lucky person to race away just seconds after midnight in a street-legal IndyCar ushering in the march to the 100th running of the famed Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
“Last year’s New Year’s Eve event was a great success, and we’re excited to bring thousands of revelers back to Georgia Street again this year,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy. “We know that most major cities in the U.S. have their own New Year’s celebration, so it makes perfect sense that Downtown Indy has a one-of-a-kind tradition of its own.”