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New Year's Party Planner
Posted 12/28/2012 6:40:00 AM

Want to go out? Here's where you can get information about the big community New Year's Eve events.

Miami Beach New Year's Eve

Bayfront Park New Year's Eve

Downtown Countdown Fort Lauderdale

 

New Year's Eve concerts & parties:

Pitbull at American Airlines Arena

Kool & The Gang - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Pavilion

The Romantics - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Nectar Lounge

B.B. King - Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Drake - Fontainebleau Hotel

Kid Rock - Semionle Hard Rock live

Additional parties

 

Need a caffeine pick-me-up? Service plazas on the turnpike will offer free coffee from 11p.m. to 6 a.m. At the West Palm Beach and Turkey Lake plazas where construction is underway, the coffee will be available at the gas stations.

 

Need a ride? AAA's Tow To Go program is in effect. Call 855-2-TOW-2-GO. Or bring a Designated Driver if you're going out.

 

Planning to stay home and have your own fireworks display? Here are some safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

*Read the warning labels.

*Alcohol and fireworks don't mix.

*Supervise teens using fireworks. Young children should never handle or use fireworks.

*Use fireworks outdoors only.

*Always have water ready.

If these sound obvious, keep in mind that there were nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries just during last year's Fourth of July season.

 

For family-friendly New Year's Eve fun, try making a 2012 Family Time Capsule. Here's a list of questions for you and the kids to get started.

 

What to watch if you're staying home:

NBC - 9 p.m., 'New Year's Eve with Carson Daly' - features Train and 'The Voice' winner, Cassadee Pope

ABC - 8 p.m., 'New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark' - tribute to the late host features Taylor Swift, with hosts Fergie & Jennie McCarthy

       - 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013' - Carly Jepson and The Neon Trees perform live from New York;  Justin Bieber, Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One Republic, and Psy (Gangnam Style) will perform from L.A.

CNN - Anderson Cooper & Kathy Griffin co-host

 

Some New Year's Eve traditions from around the world:

  • Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico: Eating 12 grapes in the 12 seconds before midnight can earn you a whole year’s worth of good luck, one good month for each grape. Some people make a wish on each grape.
  • Guatemala: Guatemalans write down the bad/unhappy memories from the past year and burn it in a bonfire to symbolize starting a fresh in the  Año Nuevo.
  • Finland: In Finland, people melt lead on the stove and then toss it into cold water. The resulting shape is analyzed to predict what’s to come in the New Year.

 

Hangover Prevention:

Drink a glass of water in between every alcoholic beverage.

Stick to one type of liquor, don't mix drinks.

Eat. Don't drink on an empty stomach.

Alka-Seltzer really works.

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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