First Night Saratoga expands

As the race kicks off, so will the festivities as a whole, with fire dancers and The African Experience Drummers at the Saratoga City Center. From there, the festivities will spread out to 35 locations across the city.

Helping visitors and locals alike get around will be the CDTA. They've partnered with First Night for the third consecutive year and five city bus routes will be free to ride from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., as will one special First Night route. Over 5,000 people took advantage of free bus rides last year.

"No one can get lost, because a bus will always get you back to Broadway," said Carm Basile, CDTA business development director, adding that Dec. 31 is a great night to try out the bus service. "We're hoping they ride more than one time a year," he said.

First Night buttons will be available at a number of retailers, include Price Chopper Markets, Boscov's and Stewarts shops. They'll also be on sale at the Saratoga YMCA on West Avenue and their website: ymcasaratoga.org. A button good for admission to all the night's festivities costs $15, and children under five are free.

There are 14,000 tickets available, and that amount has sold out in years past. One way to ensure a free pass is to volunteer " organizers said that about 175 more volunteers will be needed on top of the 125 committed individuals, especially with the event's larger footprint.""

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