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Welcoming In The New Year

Best places to spend the biggest party night of the year

Dec 26, 2010

Looking for the best place to start the New Year off on a triumphant note and have a few drinks with several thousand other fun-minded people? According to's annual list of Top Party Places for New Year’s Eve, New Orleans ranks number one.

“New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, but it can also be the most difficult,” said Kevin Wilkerson, president, “Local bars often charge up to US$50 just because it’s New Year’s Eve, and there are dozens of promoter parties in various cities, so it’s difficult to make a decision on where to go that’s the most fun.’s Top Party Places article focuses areas that have large, outdoor celebrations and numerous people out having great time.

“New Orleans remains our top choice because it’s so easy to party for New Year’s Eve in the 'Big Easy.' There’s a band, countdown, and fireworks outside - all for free - thousands of people walking throughout the French Quarter, and, of course, Bourbon Street. New Orleans also has the ‘Sugar Bowl factor,’ which brings in college students and fans from two schools for the game.”

Also included on the list are Prague, Sydney, Las Vegas, Rio, and the legendary Foxy’s in the British Virgin Islands. Several other destinations include Amsterdam, Honolulu, London, and Key West. And because New Year’s Eve is such a big event, and there are so many locations to celebrate, a number of locations are on the list including Las Vegas (plus the Las Vegas Strip), Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Whistler. has been covering the party scene and nightlife around the world since 2001.

Best places to spend the biggest party night of the year
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