South Mississippians prepare for New Year's bashes

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's time to break out the disco balls and champagne glasses. There are just a few hours left in 2008 and many South Mississippians are using that time to gear up for their New Year's celebrations. Whether the party is big or small, a lot of people planned to have a ball.

No matter how many streamers they hang or party favors they give out, members of D'Iberville's VFW Post 6731 dance committee say a successful New Year's Eve party hinges on having good music so people can dance.

Dance Committee Chairman Bud Ross said, "If you've got a good band that's got a good following, that's a big advantage over most dances."

New Year's Eve marked the debut of the IP Casino Resort & Spa's new state-of-the art theatre Studio A in Biloxi.

General Manager Jon Lucas said, "Hopefully they'll just see what a great facility this is and how intimate it is. There is not a bad seat in the house."

Thousands of people were expected to ring in the new year at IP at the concert and in several parties, both private and public.

"We have parties everywhere tonight," said Lucas. "We're going to bring in the new year and hopefully everybody can forget the difficulties and the economic challenges of 2008 and start 2009 fresh."

Bud Ross said the VFW could have as many as 200 dancers.

"With the economy like it is and everything like it is, the only thing we can do is go up, you know? And I believe we're going to see that quickly."