Revelers ring in 2018 in Saratoga Springs

January 01, 2018 11:28 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Despite the bitter cold temperatures, thousands headed to the annual First Night in Saratoga Springs on New Years Eve.

"It's tradition," said Malta Resident Barbara Fenton. "I actually was at the first First Night they ever had when my kids were little and it was a bitter cold night like this so we just figured we'd brave the cold again and carry on with the tradition."

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Organizers said for this year's First Night there are 30 different venues for people to check out and there are 170 different performances from artists that people can enjoy. They say they're expecting around 10,000 people. They also said the event wouldn't happen year after year if it weren't for the volunteers.

"It's a fun way for a lot of our community members to be involved," said First Night Director Alix Jones. "You know the mission of Saratoga Arts is to make the arts accessible to everyone. So not only is it supporting the artists that we hire, but it's also making art available to the community."

All of the venues were indoors Sunday night, and CDTA offered free rides for all attendees until 1 a.m.

Many people said it was a night to spend with friends and family.

"We're here celebrating friendship," said Saratoga Springs Resident Terry Mosher. "These guys traveled from Virginia just to see Saratoga for the first time because we told them how wonderful it was regardless of the weather. "


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