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Taipei countdown to New Year expects 500,000 participants

Taipei countdown to New Year expects 500,000 participants

The 2007 New Year countdown party at the Civic Plaza in front of Taipei City Hall and the firework display at the nearby Taipei 101 are expected to attract 500,000 revelers this year.

This year's activities began at 2 p.m. A total of 16 groups paraded along the streets surrounding the Taipei City Hall. They consisted of cheerleaders from Taipei Jingmei Girls High School, marching bands, young street dancers, and Japanese Taiko drums.

As for the main event, music performances, the pop artists who are performing at the event include 2moro, F.I.R., TANK, May Day, Awaking, Ping Guan, Nan Quan Mama, Stanley Huang, Dylan Kuo, Fish Leong, Gigi Leung, CHAMPION, Fahrenheit, Lollipop Boys, Faith Yang, Jolin Tsai, Evan Yo, and Alan Lo. The concert starts from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The newly sworn in Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and former Mayor Ma Ying-jeou will be on stage for a countdown to the New Year.

To ring in the New Year, Taipei 101 will set off a 188-second long firework show to wow the world.