MARS — Borough residents are invited to usher in 2013 at a family oriented street party.
The Mars New Year’s Eve Celebration will be downtown for the 13th consecutive year.
John Watson, president of the Mars Historical Society, said camaraderie and strategically placed burn barrels will keep revelers warm during the homespun event, which will run from 9 p.m. to just after midnight. He expects 400 to 600 people for the celebration.
Bundled-up partygoers can munch on free hot dogs or pork and sauerkraut, and sip a hot or cold beverage while watching a holiday movie on an exterior wall in the town square.
Bill Swaney will serve as disc jockey, and dancing in the street will be encouraged, Watson said.
“It’s out-of-this-world entertainment that you’ll find only in Mars,” Watson said.
All in attendance will receive a free raffle ticket for prizes donated by businesses, and winning tickets will be drawn throughout the evening.
Glow sticks and other items for family oriented reverie will be handed out free to children and young adults.
“Everything is free,” Watson said.
He said the Mars Kiwanis Club and the historical society organized the event, and spent about $500 to $600 on raffle prizes. He said Mars Bank also made a donation for the prizes.
Because the celebration began on the cusp of the Y2K controversy, each celebration has included a secret theme determined by events during the year. The theme is revealed that night.
Last year’s theme was the Gulf oil spill.
The highlight of the night will be the countdown to midnight when the spaceship in the town square will magically light up.
“It’s a great family event,” Watson said. “You know a lot of people, so there’s lots of fellowship.”