First Night Raleigh helps usher in 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- First Night rocked Raleigh once again Monday night for New Year's Eve.

Thousands came to celebrate on Fayetteville Street for the annual celebration that's happened since 1992.

The night included rides and games along with food. Dozens of other venues in and around downtown also opened their doors for art, music and comedy.

The big attraction was the acorn drop. It happened once at 7 p.m. so kids could watch and then again at midnight.

"Raleigh keeps getting cooler and cooler," said Karl Rogers, who came downtown with his kids. "There's so much going on around here. This is a great example of it."

Dexter Howard has come for years with his daughter. He can't wait until 2019.

"I'm looking forward to bigger opportunities--more of those at work, more for the family," he said. "I'm looking forward to making a better life."

Marcus Campos and his bride Erin posed for pictures on Fayetteville Street before their wedding Monday night.

"What better time to get married than New Year's Eve," Erin said. "We'll never forget our anniversary."
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