Thousands of people came to Alexandria last night to celebrate New Year's Eve at First Night. There were no fireworks but celebrants were showered by 6,000 ping pong balls, which were shot from a cannon at midnight.
The day began at 1 p..m. with the third annual Fun Hunt. The 150 teams met at the Durant Center, collected clue sheets and scoured Old Town for more than two hours until they reached the finish line. The winner was Lucy Hunt followed by Kent Daniel Villavicencio and Laurie Maher-Santa. The award ceremony was held at 5 p.m., which signaled the beginning of the evening festivities.
For $20 per ticket, celebrants had access to more than 100 live performances at 18 different venues along King Street. The Old Town Trolley carried people from venue to venue at no extra charge.
There was something for everyone, with face-painting, magic, clowns, dancers, and music of all types. A variety of food was also offered. Finally, everyone gathered at the Masonic Temple to welcome 2012 with a laser show and music.