Austin postpones New Year’s Eve celebration

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — With anticipated inclement weather moving into the Austin area this week, the city has decided to postpone its New Year’s Eve celebration at Butler Park.

Weather forecasts call for near-freezing conditions that may include high winds and precipitation on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day. The possibility of icy road conditions is also a concern. Because of that, the celebration, including the firework show, has been postponed.

“This decision was made for the safety and comfort of the entire Austin community,” said William Manno, the city’s corporate special events manager.

City leaders are working with performers and vendors and are exploring alternative dates to hold the celebration, which may not happen until February.

“This is something that the city manager likes to do. It’s a gift to the residents,” said Manno. “It’s a free event. It’s an alcohol-free event. It’s a family-friendly event and it’s just something that the city can give back to the residents and say, ‘Here, this is for you.'”

About $60,000 is budgeted for the event. City officials said about 10,000 people came out for the New Year’s Eve celebration last year.

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