BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Downtown Binghamton rang in the New Year with celebrations across many venues. One main attraction was on State Street where crowds gathered to watch the giant ball drop.
Social on State organizes the festivities each year, including the giant ball that drops.
“It starts from the very top and they do a count down just like as if you were in New York City,” said Mikayla Manzo, bar manager at Social on State.
Watching the ball drop is free and family-friendly.
“Probably the most exciting part is seeing recurring people come back, how many new people we get filling the streets, seeing all the pictures, posts,” Manzo said.
Social on State also hosted a VIP party located at Atomic Toms. The party’s DJ, Andrew King, took his responsibility of keeping the crowds awake very seriously.
“It’s a blast. Everyone is so much fun. They love to get up and dance, that’s my job for the night, to keep them up dancing,” King said.
While most were getting ready for the New Year, 205 Dry took party-goers back in time with a 1920’s Great Gatsby themed party.
Those who attended said they were excited to drink champagne and dress for the decade.
“Our wedding was actually vintage themed and we fell in love with this idea and had to come check it out,” said Casie Wallace of Binghamton.
Across the bridge, people were dressed to the nines for a masquerade bash at the Roberson Museum.
“It is a masquerade theme. Everybody is dawning their masks and their evening wear and just looking absolutely fabulous and spectacular in this gorgeous mansion,” said Natalie Shoemaker the Roberson’s events coordinator.
Shoemaker said the night consisted of games, music, food, and a champagne toast at midnight.