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Press Release

Crescent City Countdown Club



For immediate Release

DATE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Debra L. Bresler

(985) 630-4604



New Year’s Eve French Quarter Fireworks
to Welcome the New Year
Celebrate the 300
th Anniversary of New Orleans!


The Crescent City Countdown Club (CCCC) will once again produce the traditional NOLA New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks display to welcome the new year and to celebrate the milestone 300th Anniversary of New Orleans. The Tricentennial fireworks display is sponsored by New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and Allstate Sugar Bowl, The Berger Company, French Quarter Festivals, Inc., and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, with more than twenty other dedicated community sponsors. The fireworks show is FREE and can be seen from the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River from the Riverwalk to Crescent Park at the French Market.

The very first seconds of 2018, New Orleans’ Tricentennial year, will explode with fireworks lighting the dark sky above the Mighty Mississippi River in Downtown New Orleans. From a large barge in the middle of the river directly off from the French Quarter, silver and gold fireworks will announce the New Year as a bright 300 sign created in fireworks will be illuminated, creating a beautiful reflection on the river’s surface. Choreographed to a sound track of New Orleans’ own Fats Domino classics, along with the fight songs of Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Clemson and Alabama universities, an intense barrage of fireworks in every color of the rainbow will burst from heights of 100 feet to 800 feet. Multiple Nautical Special Effects will be launched from the barge out onto the river where they will float momentarily and launch colorful pyrotechnics into the air and create thunderous noise. A powerful Grand Finale will bring this pyrotechnic production to a dramatic and memorable close as the city begins its year-long Tricentennial celebration.

The CCCC, through J & M Displays, will provide an iPhone and Android app that will allow anyone who downloads the app to hear the show music in real time in sync to the fireworks. Go to and scan the QR code.

Solomon Group is excited to once again produce the historic fleur-de-lis drop atop JAX Brewery on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. This year to commemorate the Tricentennial, Solomon Group has amplified the production value with additional pyrotechnics, theatrical lighting, and projection effects.

Come down to the French Quarter for the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade, a Mardi Gras–style parade with floats, bands and other participants that will entertain fans young and old prior to the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The parade will begin at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. (subject to change). The parade will travel through the French Quarter up Decatur Street along the Mississippi River, passing iconic landmarks such as The Old US Mint, the French Market, Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square.

The Allstate Fan Fest is free to the public and open from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, and on Sunday, December 31, it will take you straight through the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street (418 Decatur Street).

The Crescent City Countdown Club is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization officially formed in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina exclusively to preserve and produce New Orleans’ traditional New Year’s Eve festivities in the French Quarter. “Our grassroots efforts have bloomed into an internationally recognized event,” says CCCC Secretary/Treasurer Adrienne Thomas. “We are grateful to all of our sponsors who support us each year to produce this treasured New Year’s Eve tradition.”

For more information, log on to or call (985) 630-4604.


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