New Year’s Eve 2015 revelers in Paris won’t start partying quite as soon as their counterparts in Sydney, Australia, but the champagne will be flowing in France long before the ball drops in New York’s Times Square. For the first time, Paris will host an official celebration to honor the New Year’s arrival, beginning at approximately 11:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. EST).
Known as “La Saint-Sylvestre” to locals, France’s New Year’s Eve celebrations typically include feasts and festivities near landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees. But this year’s event will feature the debut of a 15-minute video tribute to the Parisian lifestyle projected onto the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a light show as the clock strikes midnight.
“There are always a lot of people on the Champs-Elysees,” Paris city culture official Bruno Julliard told Le Figaro magazine, according to The Guardian. “And we wanted some beautiful images to be shown.”
French officials wanted Paris to take its place among cities that broadcast their own special celebrations around the globe. The New Year’s Eve video will provide the hundreds of thousands of partiers who flock to the festively lit Champs-Elysees with music and images of Paris through the years, The Independent reports.
Police will remain on hand to ensure that the event stays under control. Revelers will likely remain in the streets well into the night – Jawbone UP, a fitness tracker which also charts sleep activity, found that citizens of Paris typically stay up until nearly 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, according to The Telegraph.
Paris’ celebration will continue on New Year’s Day, when 600 performers will take part in a parade down the main thoroughfare. The entire two-day event will cost 600,000 euros, the equivalent of more than $700,000. A live stream of the Eiffel Tower during Paris’ New Year’s Eve celebration can be viewed here.