2015 was a great year, but it was time to say goodbye and start 2016 fresh. And there’s really no better way to kick off the New Year in the ‘Burgh than watching the ball go up and the fireworks go off downtown at First Night. This year marked our 8th visit to Pittsburgh’s First Night, and here’s our photo tour of the night’s festivities.
We always start the evening with an ‘early bird’ dinner at Sonoma Grille. They feature a prix fixe menu in addition to some other ala carte options. And we, of course, had to try a little bit from both menus.
Left: sweet crab arancinis with harissa and scallion. Center: pork belly steam bun with kimchi, Indonesian glaze, & cilantro. Right: cured salmon with citrus chili, fennel yogurt, and taro chips. (Also, all dropped delicately onto our table by angels from Heaven itself.)
Puppet celebrating our awesome families of peregrine falcons.
Our parade also showcases the fantastic Chinese dragon dancers from Pittsburgh’s own Steel Dragon.
And of course, no First Night parade is complete without the Furries!! Pittsburgh is host to the annual Anthrocon Furry Convention each year, and our furries love giving out high-fives. I got a new record of six furry-high-fives this year.
But the cold was a bit much, so we nipped into one last stop to have our gemstones read by the terrific Professor Styles of The Miracle Elixir Sideshow. This was SO FUN, creepily accurate about the past & present, and if our future readings are accurate as well, it is going to be a great year for creativity for the 101 Achievements team.
It was time for one more warmup to carry us through the next hour out in the cold. You know you’ve got special bartender friends when they prepare a wine glass just for you… (You lose one cat, you get a reputation!)
It was a little chillier than we maybe would have liked (although I blame the overly-warm temperatures of the weeks beforehand for why we were so poorly equipped to deal with cold, clear weather), but First Night 2016 was a great time.