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The Cube will drop again at midnight. Kissimmee welcomes the New Year downtown, and you can help

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm


By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
The city of Kissimmee and Kissimmee Main Street has got your number this New Year’s Eve.
After a one-year hiatus, the New Year’s Eve cube will officially welcome 2014 in Osceola County in downtown Kissimmee.
Former Kissimmee City Commissioner Jerry Gemskie, who helped organized the cube celebration, a much smaller version of the giant ball drop at Time Square, said the cube will be back Dec. 31 and area residents can take part in the official countdown to 2014.
The city and Kissimmee Main Street will select 10 lucky individuals to take part in the countdown, Gemskie said.
Those selected will  each hold a designated number — 10-9-8-7 etc. before the lit cube is officially dropped from a Kissimmee Utility Authority truck at midnight.
It will be part of the annual  New Year’s Eve block party at the City Centre on Dakin Avenue. The street will be closed off for the party and the cube drop will take place in the parking lot of Makinson’s Hardware.
The cube will  ease slowly down from a height of 80-feet to officially welcome 2014.
The lit cube, with lights supplied by the Kissimmee Utility Authority, will be main attraction at the downtown New Year’s Eve festivities.
Other happenings  during the big event include live entertainment, drink specials and a New Year’s Eve menu at 3 Sisters Speakeasy.
If you would like to be put on the list to be selected as one of this year’s “lucky numbers” participating in the countdown,  call Kissimmee Main Street at 407-846-4643.
There will be more details on the Kissimmee New Year’s Eve event as well as other area events at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and more in the Osceola News-Gazette as 2014 gets closer.