Macon-Bibb leaders prepare for NYE event in Rosa Parks Square

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For the first time, the main event for New Year’s Eve in Macon will be in Rosa Parks Square.

It’s a collaboration between county leaders and groups looking to bring people to downtown.

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“If the weather holds up, you’ll see some numbers that we haven’t seen in years,” Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman said. 

He says it’s important to keep the New Year’s Eve tradition rolling. 

“It’s going to be a festive time. Vendors are going to be out. We’re inviting everybody to come out to enjoy downtown Macon,” Tillman said at a news conference on Tuesday. 

After plans for a Cherry Blossom Drop were canceled this year, Tillman and commissioners want the party to stay downtown. 

“I think this will be a great location for it, but whatever they decide to do I think Macon-Bibb County should be on board,” he said. 

The county is using about $5500 from its general fund and donations from Newtown Macon and other groups to put on the celebration. 

Tillman is expecting more than 4,000 people in the park to enjoy music, fun and games, vendors, and time with family and friends. 

“We’ve always provided security for the prior celebrations downtown and we are certainly glad to do it in this instance,” Sheriff David Davis. 

The top cop says big crowds means necessary security and his deputies will be on patrol. 

“I think everybody should feel safe to come out and just enjoy themselves,” Tillman said. 

“Our main focus is crowd control, traffic control, and making sure everyone is acting on their best behavior and things like that,” Davis said. 

Their best behavior for what Tillman and others say they hope will be a good time. 

“We include the public. The public is a part of this new consolidated government. So whatever we do we have to make sure that we include the public,” he said. 

There isn’t a rain plan for the event. 

Although Tillman says there’s a little drizzle, the celebration will continue. The New Year’s Eve event starts at 9 p.m. at Rosa Parks Square and it’s free. 

Several roads will be blocked off for the festivities. 

The corner Cherry Street and First Street will be blocked off as well as Poplar and First Streets. The event is scheduled to end right after midnight.

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