Tulsa prepares to welcome 2013


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Updated: 1/01/2013 8:53 am Published: 12/31/2012 9:25 pm


Tulsans were busy Monday preparing to ring in 2013 and say goodbye to 2012. The biggest party in town was in the Blue Dome District downtown, where 2nd Street was closed between Elgin and Greenwood for a large outdoor street party.

Even with low temperatures, steady drizzle, and fog, the people who put on the event were confident it would be a success.

“People love to come out for it, they’ll brave it. We’ve had them in 17 degree below wind chill, so they come out. They don’t stay long, but they’re out, so that’s good,” Lisa Hardin, the event’s main organizer, told FOX23.

The event organizers say they are prepared for as many as 15,000 to come downtown to take part in the New Year’s Eve festivities. They know with a crowd that size and the revelry accustomed with ringing in a new year, safety cannot be taken lightly.

“We have TPD, and we have extra security out on the street and inside. Plus we have EMSA out there. We have TFD, so we take a lot of precautions to make sure it is safe for everybody,” Hardin said.

The event is scheduled to wrap up around 12:30 and downtown streets should reopen after cleanup has finished.

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