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With so many New Year’s Eve celebrations to choose from, we opted to bring in the New Year listening to some live country music at Rockin the Cloud!
Celebrating Small Town Life
Rockin the Cloud is a New Year’s Eve block party held in St. Cloud, Florida, a suburb just southeast of Orlando. The town prides itself on maintaining a “small town” atmosphere. Last year’s inaugural Rockin the Cloud was such a hit with over 5000 in attendance that St. Cloud made sure to make its second year even better!
Rockin the Cloud is a free event, but proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit Pink Heals, a local non-profit focused on all people fighting any kind of cancer. The organization is known for its pink firetrucks!
Union Jacks and Jimmy Bear’s BBQ food trucks were there, as well as other local eateries serving alcohol and food. A couple of carnival-style places were set up as well, serving yummy treats like deep-fried Oreos.
Good for All Ages
The FAQs for Rockin the Cloud state that the event is not recommended for younger children, so I chose to err on the side of caution and not to bring my one-year-old. However, I wish I did because I quickly realized the event is a safe, family-friendly event. There were plenty of police officers and security staff roaming the area.
Obviously, there is alcohol being served and very loud music, so parental discretion is advised. Many families brought their children and infants, and I wish my son could have been there!
Live Country Music
There were two stages set up – the main stage on Pennsylvania Avenue and a secondary stage just outside Reprise Brewing. When we arrived, there was a two-man band already playing on the second stage.
Live music on the main stage started at 6 p.m., beginning with jam-rock cover band, The Wilted Chilis. After that, the vibe definitely turned more country with Redhot Rooster, Doubting Abby, and the night ended with the headliner, Tobacco Rd Band, a country-rock band from Tallahassee.
You are allowed to bring in your own folding chair (no carrying bag allowed) and set it up anywhere you please. We brought ours and found a great place to watch the concert!
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Not a Ball Drop, But a Cloud Drop!
Above the main stage was a huge cloud (for St. “Cloud”) with a glowing “2018” on it. Instead of a ball drop, it was a cloud drop and a sea of confetti to celebrate the New Year!
If you are interested in a smaller-scale party that is good for all ages and love live music, the Rockin the Cloud Block Party is a decent option to attend on New Year’s Eve!
How did you celebrate the New Year? Share with us in the comments below!