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First Night Austin Says Farewell

Photo by ~gholmes~
Capitol Metro Bus during 2009's First Night Austin

 The family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration known as “First Night Austin” is no more, at least for the time being. Dewy Brooks, the group's president for the non-profit organization, says that funding was the main issue for the decision.

“First Night Austin” began in 2005 and brought thousands to downtown Austin. The event was a celebration of arts and culture and was an alternative to alcoholic festivities. A city spokesperson says they’re saddened to hear of "First Night Austin's" fate, and that officials are keeping their options open for another Austin-backed New Year’s Eve celebration this December 31.