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Press Release

Crescent City Countdown Club

DATE: December 15, 2016
CONTACT: Debra L. Bresler
(985) 630-4604


New Year’s Eve Fireworks to Light up the Sky and Welcome 2017!

With a corps of dedicated sponsors, the Crescent City Countdown Club (CCCC) will once again produce the traditional NOLA New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks display, the Symphony in the Sky, over the Mississippi River to welcome 2017 as only New Orleans can! This year’s 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 20 other community sponsors.

This year all live musical entertainment will emanate from the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest stage, beginning at 9:00 p.m. and leading up to the midnight countdown that launches the traditional fleur de lis drop and spectacular fireworks display. Fan Fest is located near Jackson Square at the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street. Look for details about the exciting music line-up on

In New Orleans, rather than drop a traditional, glowing ball to welcome the new year, a large fleur de lis is lowered during the countdown to midnight near historic Jackson Square. Solomon Group reimagined the design of the city's adopted symbol, making it more visually striking for television audiences. The six-foot- tall fleur de lis incorporates backlit sign-style construction with acrylic faces set inside custom metal fabricated channels that are internally lit with RGBA LED tape. Look for it during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, live for the first-ever Central Time Zone Countdown in New Orleans!

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. At the stroke of midnight, the illuminated fleur de lis descends to the roof of the Jackson Brewery and the dramatic celebratory fireworks display will fill the sky over the Mississippi River with every color of the rainbow in floral shapes like chrysanthemums, peonies, and weeping willows nonstop until the Grand Finale concludes this powerful pyrotechnic presentation.

The fireworks show is choreographed to a medley of contemporary party music, including songs by Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and Pink, followed by the spirited fight songs of our visiting Sugar Bowl Auburn and Oklahoma football teams as those two teams’ colors are reflected in the aerial fireworks barrage on the river. This year 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.

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. “Nineteen years of hard work have truly paid off,” says CCCC Secretary/Treasurer Adrienne Thomas. “Our grassroots efforts have developed into an internationally recognized event, and we are grateful to all of our sponsors who continue to grow with us.”

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