Thousands gather in Oklahoma City for New Year's celebration

Opening Night celebrations, coordinated by the Oklahoma City Arts Council stretched from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on the west side of downtown to the Cox Convention Center and Chase Tower on the east.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: December 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014
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Thousands gathered in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to celebrate the beginning of 2014.

Opening Night celebrations, coordinated by the Oklahoma City Arts Council, stretched from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on the west side of downtown to the Cox Convention Center and Chase Tower on the east.

Elizabeth Youngblood and her family live in Oklahoma City, but they always rent a hotel downtown on New Year's Eve for the Opening Night events. They stayed Tuesday at the Colcord Hotel and wandered around Myriad Botanical Gardens as the festivities began.

“We've been coming for six or seven years,” she said. “We just continue to come back because we have more fun every year. I have a wonderful time. You see all different kinds of people. It's safe. It's great for families.”

Musical acts performed at 10 different venues. Justin Young, of Edmond, played his saxophone at the Devon Ice Rink.

Young said he planned to try to play and skate at the same time.

“It's great to see the city growing,” Young said. “You can tell people are enjoying the town tonight.”

Among those skating Tuesday night were Sarah Privott, of Bethany, and Ethan Burton, a Clinton native who recently moved to New Jersey. The two have been dating for nine months, and Burton got his first chance to come home and see Privott for New Year's.

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