Providence plans second annual New Year’s Eve Ball

The Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Partygoers will descend on the Rhode Island Convention Center for the city’s second annual “One Providence New Year’s Eve Ball” Saturday night, celebrating the culture of the city and ringing in 2017.

“Come on in, enjoy a night of dancing, a night of great entertainment and just a night of celebration,” said event producer Pat Paolino Cruz in an interview with Eyewitness News on Friday.

Local restaurants will be providing food, local artists will perform live music for dancing, and some surprise performances are expected, according to the organizers.

The party runs from 9 p.m. Saturday night to 2 a.m. on New Year’s morning. Tickets for the ball start at $50 for general admission.

Hotels are also offering packages for those who wish to spend the night downtown. Paolino Cruz said she encourages people to eat at local restaurants before heading to the party.

The city is also touting the party as a safe way to celebrate the New Year.

“If you come here, you’re going to have a safe night,” Paolino Cruz said. “We have plenty of detail, plenty of security…last year, there were 1200 people and not one incident.”

The event will also feature prize giveaways, including jewelry, car care packages and tickets to local events later in the year.

Last year’s event, the first annual ball, was the first New Year’s event sponsored by the city in several years, after events like First Night and its successor Bright Night were discontinued.