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33rd annual Kalamazoo New Year's Fest kicks off downtown, despite the rain

West Michiganders are ignoring the rain as they celebrate the coming New Year at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. (WWMT)

The 33rd annual New Year's Fest in Kalamazoo kicked off with the Tube New Year performance despite the rain. The performing arts festival featured two to three different performances in each of the 11 buildings surrounding Bronson Park downtown.

New Year's Fest Director Deborah Droppers said performances ranged from magicians and mimes to tribute bands and storytellers.

Food and concessions were available, and several local restaurants and bars within walking distance were open.

Droppers said the festival wouldn't be possible without all of the businesses who participate year-round.

"It's this quality family, even millennial because we get some cool entertainment," Droppers said. "It's become a tradition. When I say how's New Year's Fest come to be? It's really a new year event designed by the community for the community."

For the schedule of events and map click here.


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