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Street parties to welcome 2014

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

VARIOUS stakeholders have been working together to make new year celebrations nationwide a success.

Five street parties get underway tonight as the country counts down to 2014 in a celebratory style.

Suva will stage two street parties by the two broadcasting companies with Communications Fiji Ltd staging its show at Albert Park and the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation holding its dance party at the My Suva Picnic Park.

Rakiraki, Ba and Lautoka as well as Labasa also have plans to welcome the new year in style.

Suva City Council acting CEO Bijay Chand said they had discussions with the police and they've given an assurance of heavy presence at both venues.

"We will also have our private security at the picnic park to prevent people from vandalising the venue," he said.

"We also have had site visits with both organising companies and we will work with them to make these two events a success."

Rakiraki interim special administrator Ralulu Cirikiyasawa said a liquor-free street party would be hosted at the Rakiraki Market area starting 7pm to 2am.

Ba residents can also expect a night filled with entertainment after special administrator Praveen Bala announced the special event, "Dance Ba Dance", would be held in front of the Ba Town Council building from 7pm to 1am.

Lautoka City, in the meantime, will witness a one-of-a-kind celebration — an hour of fireworks — followed by the "Ra Ra Rumble" street party.

Mr Bala said the fireworks would be staged courtesy of Lautoka-based company, HMT.

In the north, the Labasa Town Council for the first time will close part of the town to welcome 2014.

Town special administrator Vijay Chand said the alcohol-free event would feature special performances from church groups, market vendors and other artists.

These parties kick off at 7pm.

Meanwhile, motorists are being advised to take alternative routes as the Queen Elizabeth Drive will be closed to allow Fiji Broadcasting Corporation to set up for the street party event.

Traffic will be diverted from Vuya Rd and those intending to use the road from the Laucala Bay are also being advised to use alternative routes.

The road will be closed until January 1, next year.