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Richmond comes through with two New Year’s celebrations

Posted at 11:54 PM, Dec 31, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- After word got around that there would be no New Year's celebration in Carytown, many Richmonders were disappointed.

Even though people started to fret that there would be no celebration, there are actually two.

For seven years, Todd Schall-Vess' ball would rise and fall above Carytown. Huge crowds got overwhelming for businesses, and eventually was decided that the location wasn't appropriate anymore.

Todd kept searching for a location for the ball to drop. Luckily, while scrambling on the phone to make arrangements and continually getting turned down, Todd got a call that he had a location... and the tradition continues.

Across the James in the Manchester District a new celebration, 'RVA Rise,' will take place as well. Before and after the rise of the RVA sculpture, bands will be playing, along with drinks being served.

Jason Moore, an organizer with RVA Rise, says that the newly established event emphasizes community.

"It's for local non-profits, local bands, all local beer, all local wine," Moore said. "We want to shed some light on Manchester itself."

Richmond came through and topped all expectations with two giant celebrations to ring in the new year with.