We are all ready to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in a safe and happy new year. The City of Baton Rouge invites you to celebrate with them virtually on December 31. The annual Red Stick Revelry will be livestreamed for all to watch as Baton Rouge drops a nine-foot LED-lighted Red Stick at midnight to ring in the year 2021. The mayor of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome, wants to encourage everyone to celebrate safely. "We're bringing the Red Stick drop to you, and I hope you'll share it with your friends to show that Baton Rouge is optimistic about our future," she said. "We look forward to hosting a big celebration when it is safe to do so." With the celebration taking place virtually, there will be no fireworks, laser light show, or live concert this year.
The city of Baton Rouge lifted the LED Red Stick 60 feet above Town Square on Thursday, December 10, to prepare for New Year's Eve. Starting at 11:45 p.m. on December 31, Red Stick Revelry will be livestreamed on Baton Rouge's Facebook Page, on the WAFB app, and on the WAFB Plus app on smart TVs. Baton Rouge is giving viewers a chance to win a VIP package to Red Stick Revelry 2021. To enter the drawing, viewers must like, comment, or share the livestream. The VIP package includes a downtown dinner for two, a hotel stay, and more. The winner will be announced by Mayor Broome after the drop of the Red Stick on the livestream.
Viewers are encouraged to post a photo of their New Year's Eve celebration with #ExploreBatonRouge or tagging @VisitBatonRouge. Your photo may be posted on the Visit Baton Rouge website and the beacon in Town Square. Even though we are unable to celebrate this New Year's Eve event in person, we can still celebrate together from a distance.