5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, December 31

TAMPA - Here are five six things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, December 31.

(1) First Night St. Petersburg 2014

Florida's largest and most popular First Night will return for its 21st year on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg.

First Night St. Petersburg 2014 event will take place at more than 20 venues across the city. This year's event honors the 100th anniversary of the Tony Jannus flight which started the commercial airline industry.

Events kick off at 4:00 p.m. with the FirstKids venue. Children will be able to make hats and masks, enjoy a petting zoo, a puppet show and the Procession of Flight by the Mount Zion Drumline and Color Guard.

Musical Stages will feature a variety of genres: including rock, jazz, bluegrass, opera, hip-hop, and alternative folk rock.

The night will be capped with a fireworks show.

First Night admission buttons are on sale at many downtown St. Petersburg businesses. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free.

For a complete list of First Night activities and events, visit www.firstnightstpete.com .

(2) 11th annual Light Up Tampa Bay

New Year's Eve fireworks will explode in the air over downtown Tampa on Tuesday night.

The 11th annual Light Up Tampa Bay party will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Channelside Bay Plaza. There will be live music and DJs playing in the courtyard all night.

Wristbands will be given out for wharf access to watch the midnight fireworks display at the Garrison Street Gate at 7:00 p.m. Only the first 3,000 people who line up will receive wristbands.

The event is free and open to the public. No backpacks, coolers, lounge chairs, or personal fireworks will be allowed at Light Up Tampa Bay.

For more information, call (813) 223-4250 or visit www.funintampabay.com .

(3) LEGOLAND Kids' New Year's Eve

LEGOLAND Florida will hold a special Kids' New Year's Eve party for children at its theme park in Winter Haven on Tuesday night.

The park will drop a giant LEGO brick at midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) - also known as 6:00 p.m.

There will also be a spectacular fireworks show and a kid-friendly DJ dance party in Miniland USA.

Kids' New Year's Eve is included in the normal LEGOLAND admission price.

For more information, call (877) 350-5346 or visit florida.legoland.com .

(4) B.B. King New Year's Eve concert

Eighty-eight year old bluesman B.B. King plans to start a new tradition in Clearwater on Tuesday night. King will ring in the Capitol Theatre's first ever New Year's Eve party.

Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King has been recording music since the late 1940s. He has released over 60 blues albums.

B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's The Thrill Is Gone went to #15 on the Billboard Pop Music Chart.

Tonight's concert begins at 9:00 p.m. King is also performing a concert at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday night.

For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit the Capitol Theatre section on www.rutheckerdhall.com .

(5) Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade & Pep Rally

Ybor City is hosting the Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade & Pep Rally on Tuesday night.

The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at 20th Street and 7th Avenue, and rolls west on 7th Avenue to Avenida Republica de Cuba (14th Street). It will feature floats and 15 marching bands, including the bands from LSU and the University of Iowa.

The Pep Rally will start at 7:00 p.m. in the northern parking lot at 14th Street and 7th Avenue.

On street parking on 7th Avenue and side streets will be restricted after 1:00 p.m.

The event will end about 8:30 p.m. and streets will be reopened once barricades are removed and crowds thin out. The parade is free and open to the public.

(6) Downton Abbey New Year's Eve Premiere Party

The Straz Center is hosting a special Downton Abbey New Year's Eve Premiere Party on Tuesday night.

The event will allow you to ring in the New Year in Crawley family style and elegance.

There will be live music and dancing, a cocktail party, a Downton Abbey Season 4 advanced screening, and a spectacular themed menu from Maestro's. A champagne toast will be held at midnight.

People attending the event are encouraged to wear 1920s attire.

Tickets are $160 per person (prices subject to change without notice). For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit or visit www.strazcenter.org .

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