By Michael Hamad
5:05 AM PST, December 28, 2012
There's almost an embarrassment of riches facing New Year's Eve revelers in the Hartford area this year: ice skating, carousel rides, street performers (pictured) and horse-drawn carriage rides at Bushnell Park; puppets, poetry and improvisational comedy at Center House Church; robots at Hartford Public Library, Japanese drummers at the Old State House; and various musicians, from steel bands to jazz to klezmer, on and on all around town. Head to the Grand Procession, which begins at Hartford City Hall at 5:25 p.m. and works its way to the Bushnell Park fireworks viewing area on Trinity Street. There'll be two fireworks displays in Bushnell Park at the Trinity Street Area beginning at 6 p.m. (Bring your 3D fireworks glasses.) What a great way to ring in the new year, with our friends and neighbors, in the city we all love.
First Night Hartford
Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-midnight, various Hartford locations; check firstnighthartford.org for complete schedule.