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First Night is getting set for a revamped New Year’s Eve extravaganza Saturday that it hopes will attract thousands of youngsters and adults to Westport’s alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. And it looks like the weather won’t be a problem.

New this year is a kickoff antique car parade. The fun begins at 4 p.m. when Dragone antiques cars cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge and head down Main Street.

“They will drive around the block and eventually park on Main Street for all to take a look and admire these beautiful cars,” said Barbara Pearson-Rac, president of First Night.

The forecast for Saturday night calls for initially partly cloudy skies becoming mostly clear with temperatures in the low 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph are expected as two sets of fireworks go off at 8:30 p.m. and midnight.

Pearson-Rac pointed to these highlights for children: Bari Koral at TD Bank, (“dubbed the ‘IT girl’ in kids/family music’ by NY Magazine and the ‘Sheryl Crow for kids’ by the NY Post”), Storycrafters at Seabury Center, The Jumbo Shrimp Circus in the upper gym at the Westport Weston Family Y, and Dennis the Train Man in the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library.

She said all will enjoy Drumming About You and then the Lenihan School of Irish Dance at Town Hall, ballroom dancing in the Great Hall at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, and Squeaky Clean (“rockabilly music”) until midnight at the McManus Room.

Also, Chris Coogan will be back at the Seabury Center performing jazz and standards, Blues pianist Mark Naftalin returns to the Westport Historical Society, and the Westport Community Theater entertains with special performances at Town Hall.

Bedford Room at the Y entertainment includes Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights with jug band music, The ZaZu Project performing dance tunes and well-known favorites, and Adam Currie, a singer songwriter from Fairfield and his band.

Performing at Toquet Hall will be Hard Water, a teen rock band, and Eva Hendricks, who as a Westport teen made her mark early in the musical world, returning to Westport with Sweet Nothings.

At Town Hall, there will be tea from Bigelow Tea as well as fortune tellers, palm readers, psychics, and tarot card readers, on Jesup Green there will be a giant bon fire, and, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. carriage rides throughout downtown. Food from Bobby Q’s will be available in Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

First Night Buttons cost $15 and are available at the Y and Town Hall.

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