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Mayor Brown announces plans for Buffalo Ball Drop

Mayor Byron W. Brown announced arrangements Monday for the 28th annual Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks on New Year’s Eve at the Electric Tower on Roosevelt Plaza, where Main, Huron and Genesee streets meet in downtown Buffalo. He also invited visitors to take note of the revitalization nearby, which includes many new restaurants and the return of auto traffic to that section of Main Street.

Events in the plaza will begin at 10:30 p.m. with a performance by singer Caitlin Koch. DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will co-host the festivities with Jeff Russo, Katie Morse and Ed Drantch of WKBW-TV, Channel 7. The station will begin live broadcasts at 11 p.m. Video walls set up by Indigo Productions will show images from the ball drop here and in New York City’s Times Square.

The fireworks display will follow the ball drop. A test drop of the ball and the lights on it will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 30.

The evening is produced by the City of Buffalo, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and Buffalo Place, with major sponsors that include M&T Bank, Liberty Yellow Cab and the Western New York Chevy Dealers.