Party planners get ready for First Night celebration

Party planners get ready for First Night celebration

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(KSL News) Party planners are counting down the New Year in hours now. Tomorrow night will be the annual "out with the old and in with new" as we ring in 2008.

Salt Lake's First Night has a Mardi Gras theme this year. Bands from New Orleans will entertain revelers.

Venues are scattered throughout the city, including the Gallivan Center, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, and the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

Utah Transit Authority is offering extended hours on its TRAX service. Trains will run until 1 a.m. Downtown UTA buses will detour around the First Night activities.

AAA is also offering its services for those who've had a little too much to drink. The automobile club is offering free tows home to tipsy drivers and their cars.

Drivers, party hosts and bartenders can call 1-800-AAA-Help for a tow.

New Year's Day is an official holiday. UTA buses and trains won't be running, but UTA's ski bus service will be taking skiers to the resorts.

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