NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The French Quarter is always a place people flock to have fun and when a new year is about to roll in, well, the Vieux Carre' becomes celebration central. It is because New Orleans has become a popular New Year's Eve destination.
"It is fantastic, it's exciting," said Madeleine Finnern of Missouri.
At midnight, a colorful welcome for 2015 as fireworks along the riverfront go off and many people who were strolling down Decatur Street next to the river were counting down the hours.
"That's awesome, we're excited," said Bobbi Henson, also from Missouri.
New Orleans has become a major New Year's Eve destination for many people from other parts of the country. And the word is getting out globally, too. A family from Brazil said making the trip to the city for this New Year's Eve is a dream come true.
"Have you eaten any New Orleans cuisine? Oh, yeah the jambalaya, the sandwiches, the po, po, I forgot the name," said Eloisa Urias.
"Very exciting for this city, beautiful and maybe because of the musicians, the music, it's an amazing place, added Mario Urias.
The annual Allstate Sugar Bowl always attracts thousands to town this time of year.
"Are you pumped? Yeah, definitely. This is the first time I'll be spending New Year's Eve anywhere other than Ohio, so it should be a lot of fun," said Annette Fairchild, who is rooting for Ohio State.
And among some families there is a rivalry given the two teams that will hit the field in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tomorrow.
"I'm from Columbus, Ohio and I moved down to Birmingham, Alabama and I married an Alabama girl, but I'm still Ohio State," said one fan who is at odds with his wife and daughters who are Alabama fans.
"I think it's going to be 35 Alabama, 21 Ohio State," said his young daughter.
And on the eve of a new year, many are thinking about New Year's resolutions and wishes.
"Happiness, a little bit more money, not too much, enough to come here again and health," said Mr. Urias.
But if those wishes do not come true he and others are thrilled with New Year's Eve in New Orleans. The new year's festivities were to include live music and of course fireworks.
"We have all the tourists, we have all the different people coming out tonight, enjoying our city," said Adricka Porterfield