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Ring in 2013 at Pittsburgh First Night

The downtown event promises a lot of fun and activities for visitors.

Ring in the new year with fellow Pittsburghers at Highmark's First Night Pittsburgh event.

The family-friendly event is produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and sponsored by Highmark.

First Night provides visitors the opportunity to ring in the new year while celebrating the arts—dance, music, theater, comedy, hands-on activities and more. Several of the city's theaters will be hosting a variety of performances.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with the Dollar Bank children's fireworks display and a performance by American Idol finalist—and Washington County resident—Adam Brock & The Soul Band (at the stage on Seventh Street and Penn Avenue).

A parade begins at 8 p.m. and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be performing at 10:45 p.m. on the Highmark stage on Penn Avenue next to Fifth Avenue Place.

For a full detailed event listing, visit http://www.firstnightpgh.org/fest_events.

To attend

To join the celebration, simply purchase an all-access Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2013 button. A button costs only $8 in advance or $10 at the door; children age 5 and under are admitted for free. First Night buttons are available at participating Giant Eagle stores, the box office at Theater Square, online at www.FirstNightPgh.org, or by calling 412-456-6666.

Seat vouchers can be reserved and are available through to the night of the event or until capacity is reached in advance. For the first time ever they will be available online and can be printed at home for convenience. With one admission button, attendees can reserve one voucher for one performance of each attraction. 

There will be general admission waiting lines for performances at all venues requiring vouchers. Patrons will be seated on a space-available and first-come, first-served basis once voucher holders have been accommodated.

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