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Goodbye 2012! Buffalo Ball Drop Returns To Downtown Buffalo For The 25th Year
Pamela Brinkworth Muzzio
BUFFALO, NY- Ring in 2013 at the 25th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” event at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, 535 Washington Street, in downtown Buffalo. Roosevelt Plaza – where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet – will come alive on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st when tens of thousands of people gather for the second largest such event in the United States!
WNY celebrities and elected leaders are also scheduled to usher in the New Year from Roosevelt Plaza, including Mayor Byron Brown.
“In addition to welcoming the New Year, the 2013 Ball Drop also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Electric Tower,” Paul Bohdan Iskalo, founder and CEO, Iskalo Development, said. “The Ball Drop, now marking its 25th year, and the restored Electric Tower have become unified in its celebration of the City of Buffalo as well as testaments to our rich heritage and harbingers for its prosperous future.”
The Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) produces the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” and benefits from sponsorship proceeds. “The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is honored again to be part of the 25th Annual Ball Drop,” said Pamela Muzzio of PAL. “To all the sponsors – thank you for helping us, help kids.”
Video walls set up by Indigo Productions will offer digital images of the Buffalo and Times Square ball drops, including a presentation of the “Countdown to 2013” HD telecast presented by WKBW Channel 7, a co-sponsor of the Ball Drop events since the first one in 1988 - when 97 Rock offered it as a gift to the city.
The Ball will drop in synch with its sister in New York’s Time Square, followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Skylighters of Western New York. Matt Shaw and the Skylighters team shoot the fireworks show and choreograph it to classic rock and seasonal music favorites.
A “test drop” of the Ball will be held at 535 Washington Street, in front of the Electric Tower at Noon Friday, December 28th, when crews hoist the specially designed ball to the top of the tower, testing the hundreds of special lights and timing the descent.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios