As 2015 comes to an end, Tallahassee residents made sure to end it by welcoming in the year of 2016 at Downtown Tallahassee where there were musicians, face paintings, food, jump houses, games, and much more.
While the crowd watched many talents flow on the stage, a lot of them reminisced on what they have gone through in 2015.
Erin Lynne German who is a third-year health, leisure, and fitness student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University said, “This year has been very rough for me. I experienced depression and went in debt because I had to pay off of my tuition.”
For German, the Downtown Tallahassee event was a big stress reliever for her. She was able to reminisce on what 2015 has put her through as well as realize how grateful she is to get through the storm that she was going through.
“I believe this was a good idea for vendors to come together and put together this event to Tallahassee residents. Especially to those that was not able to be with their families,” German said.
There were others who felt that 2015 has been so good to them and knew that God had blessed them throughout the entire year.
Tia Brishaun Anderson, a third-year pre-pharmacy student at FAMU said, “I honestly felt that 2015 has been good to me and that God has blessed me in many ways because I had been through it all in 2014,” Anderson said.
She continued, “2016 is just going to be better for me because the mistakes I have learned in 2015 will be lesson that I have learned from.”
Anderson also said that she arrived to Downtown Tallahassee New Year’s Eve event because she wanted to support her community.
As the crowd counted down loudly and filled with amusement to bring in 2016, many expressed their feelings by jumping for joy, crying, or with a simple kiss to their significant other. And to make sure that Tallahassee residents enjoyed bringing in the New Year with no interruption, the Tallahassee Police Department surrounded the area to make sure everyone was safe.
Downtown Tallahassee gave everyone the chance to start off the New Year together.