Downtown Countdown Organizers Say Event Was Success
Last night, Alabama News Network brought you live coverage of Montgomery's Downtown Countdown which brought thousands of people to one of the city's biggest events -- the crowds were large, so was it a success?
It was the second year the city held its New Year's Eve celebration downtown. In 2012, organizers say they had about 5,000 or 6,000 people show up then. But this year, blew that number out of the water.
The party is over -- and it's now time to clean up.
Montgomery clean up crews got to work with brooms and blowers to clear the confetti and paper streamers after the massive New Year's celebration held in downtown.
Event organizers say at least 8,000 people came to downtown -- that's at least 2,000 more than last year. It's an impact, T.J. Hardaway says affected business at Wintzell's Oyster House, located in the heart of the Downtown Countdown.
We did check in with Montgomery Police, who had double the officers on duty, to see if there were any public safety incidents last night and they say there weren't any.
Event organizers also say they noticed more people coming to the event earlier. They believe they hit the 5,000 mark as early as 10 p.m. They say they will no doubt do this celebration again this new year's eve.