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First Night Scranton, now on its 14th year, is a New Year‚??s Eve event known for its diversity. But this year‚??s theme of ‚??Around the World‚?Ě may bring that reputation to a whole new level.


With more than 16 countries represented in the musical and interactive entertainment lineup, co-organizer Damian the Magician said the event promises to be ‚??extremely diverse this year.‚?Ě He added, ‚??Something is going to be there for everyone.‚?Ě


Damian and co-organizer Doug Smith, of Lexington Entertainment, said in selecting the theme for 2013, the goal was to introduce an ‚??international feel‚?Ě to the musical and specialty acts.


From Latin jazz to reggae, improvisational comedy to poetry and face painting to horse -drawn carriage rides, First Night Scranton 2013 offers not only an international diversity, but a variety of activities for all ages.


Damian described it as, ‚??a city-wide community-oriented New Year‚??s Eve celebration with a safe alcohol-free environment‚??one of the largest New Year‚??s Eve celebrations in the state.‚?Ě


It will begin with family Bingo at The Mall at Steamtown in the food court from 3 to 6 p.m. and continue throughout the evening with activities and entertaining acts at venues around the city.


New this year are outdoor food vendors on Lackawanna Avenue. Hot dogs, burgers and other quick food items will be served downstairs at Elm Park Church. Other participating food venues include Café Trio, Chocolate Creations and Northern Light Espresso Bar.


The event will conclude at the mall with a fireworks display at midnight.


First Night Scranton Project Director Paige Balitski said she and the other organizers are always seeking new volunteers, and anyone interested in helping out may contact them through the website.


‚??We need young people to step up and volunteer,‚?Ě she said.


Damian added, ‚??It‚??s worthwhile for them to help out.‚?Ě


Information about volunteering, a full schedule of events, entertainment lineup and other details can be found online at www.firstnightscranton.com.


Admission to the entire event and all performances and activities at the various venues, is included with the purchase of a $10 button, available ahead of time at all area Gerrity‚??s Markets, The Mall at Steamtown, Duffy‚??s Accessories on Linden Street in Scranton, and the day and night of the event at the mall. A $5 senior discount will be offered the day of the event only.


Parking is free, and event organizers suggest attendees park in the mall‚??s parking garage, as the evening will begin and conclude at the mall.


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