Though the new year still is several hours away, some street closings in downtown Buffalo take effect this morning in preparation for the annual First Night Buffalo festivities.
Closing at 7 a.m. is Washington Street, between Huron and Genesee. Closing at 8 a.m. is Huron Street, between Pearl and Washington, and Genesee Street, between Main and Ellicott.
Washington Street, between Chippewa and Mohawk, and Huron Street, between Pearl and Ellicott, close at 4 p.m.
Those closings remain in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday.
First Night fun begins at 6 p.m. in the Convention Center, where there will be amusement rides, games and family-friendly entertainment through 11 p.m. Tickets are $7 at Wegmans or $10 at the door. Admission is free for children 2 and younger.
Live entertainment in Roosevelt Square begins at 11 p.m. The midnight ball drop from the top of the Electric Tower will be followed by a fireworks display.
Street closings related to the fireworks display are in effect from 11:30 tonight to 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Oak Street ramp on the westbound Kensington Expressway will be closed at Goodell Street. Oak Street also will be closed at Goodell and Tupper streets. Genesee Street will be closed at Ellicott and Elm streets, and Chippewa Street will be closed at Ellicott Street.
Free parking is available in the Fernbach ramp at 200 Pearl St., Main Place at 223 Pearl St. and Mohawk ramp at 477 Washington St.
Also, Metro Rail service will be extended tonight, with the last outbound train leaving downtown at 2 a.m.