St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2002

Tight Budgets Make for Fewer New Year's Fireworks

St. Louis, MO – The New Year's Eve "First Night" party
returns to St. Louis tomorrow night, but many communities are cutting back or canceling festivities due to tight budgets and sparse giving.

First Night parties, family-oriented festivities that emphasize the arts, will be held in 139 cities this year, 21 fewer than last year.

But First Night returns to St. Louis, where dancers can tango, disco or swing until a midnight fireworks show. Kelly Webber, the event's executive director, says fund-raising was a, quote, "challenge."