Lockport's annual "Rockin' the Locks" New Year's Eve celebration gets under way at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ulrich City Centre on Main Street, organizer Gary Chapman said.
It's the third consecutive year the free party has been held at City Centre, scene of Lockport's Friday night concerts during the summer.
It's also the third year Chapman, manager of Papa Leo's Pizzeria in Lockport, has put the event together.
Saturday, several performers from the Palace Theatre's recent "Niagara Idols" contest will take the stage first.
Then at 9 p.m., Sorry, a three-piece band from the Royalton-Hartland School District, will play. Chapman said the group was chosen after it wrote an original song for the recent Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for local food pantries.
The organizer of that drive, Peter P. Robinson, will come to the microphone at 9:45 to sing the National Anthem.
The Teasers, the headliners, will come on at 10 and play until just before midnight, when Mayor Michael W. Tucker and some aldermen will lead the countdown to the 100-foot ball drop from a crane provided by Clark Rigging.
A 15-minute fireworks show will round out the evening, Chapman said.
Throughout the night, Lakeview Animal Shelter will present a petting zoo, and hot drinks and food will be served by the staff of Pour Boyz, a Lockport restaurant.
Chapman said the costs of the event were underwritten by several local businesses.