New Year's Eve party in Charlottetown gets high praise

Hundreds turn out for free food, walk through Victoria Park woods, fireworks display

Nigel Armstrong
Published on December 31, 2015

As the smell of gunpowder lingered in the air from a grand finale fireworks display, children at the New Year in the Park event were all positive.

"It was really, really, really good," said Justin Thompson, 12, of Charlottetown.

He has been coming to the annual party hosted by the city of Charlottetown since he was born, he said.

"This one, out of 10, would be a nine," said Thompson.

"I liked the fireworks, the (walk) through the forest and the music is really good.

"The fireworks finale is just sick, just straight forward awesome."

"It's fun to meet your friends, hang out," said Ben Plourde, 11, who was there with Thompson. "I really liked the snowman (zone)."

The creation of the snow sculptures zone on the lighted City Diamond was not planned, said event co-ordinator Donna Hurry.

"It was just magical," said Hurry. "I think people just saw one being built and everybody just followed it and the snow is perfect tonight for it."

This is the 16th year for the family celebration, which was held under very light winds with the day's high temperature at that moment of 2 C.

Theo Plourde, 7, liked the hot dogs, even if he was limited to just one. The Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club did the cooking of the free food, which also included hot chocolate and cupcakes.

Julia MacLeod, 7, and her brother Pacey, 5, from Emyvale were on hand.

"Five," said Julia, when asked to rank the event from one to five.

Hundreds of people turned out for the party that allowed young children to count down to the new year within bedtime hours. The fireworks finale came around 7 p.m. and lasted even a bit longer than master of ceremonies Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy thought was possible. He was saying goodbye on the public address system while another round of pyrotechnics filled the night air.

This was the first time in two years the event returned to Victoria Park. The past two New Year's Eve events were in downtown Charlottetown for introducing or saying goodbye to the big 2014 anniversary year.