November 26, 2014


Purses, chairs banned from Cleveland New Year’s Eve celebration

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Cleveland is hosting the first Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve on Public Square tonight.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. It is free and will include food trucks, a beer garden, live ice sculpting, fireworks and live entertainment, including the midnight countdown by Drew Carey.

A security check will be conducted at entrances to Public Square. Several items will be prohibited from the site, including:

  • Bags of any size, including backpack, diaper bags, coolers and purses
  • Tents, umbrellas, chairs and blankets
  • Audio/video recording equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Outside food or weapons
  • Aerosol cans, mace or pepper spray

The complete list of prohibited items is available on Cleveland City Hall’s website.

According to City Hall, the only items permitted inside Public Square are wallets, credit cards and currency; driver’s license/State ID; and cell phones.

For more information on the celebration, visit

  • Phil Blank

    Why bother going if one has to stand the whole time?
    How will women buy food, beer, take care of hygiene without their purses?

    • Zen Grouch

      **Why bother going if one has to stand the whole time?**

      You sound as old as I feel…

      Celebrating the New Year, outdoors in the freezing cold, is a young man’s game.

  • Joe Smith

    Thank your local terrorist for this

    • Alan Pugh

      Don’t know of any local terrorists, but I know a local government that decided to make all these rules without provocation.

  • Dave Wargo

    no audio/video recording equipment…cell phones have that kind of technology, what are they doing to do not allow anyone to have their phones? pfff

  • Doug Hauser

    Sorry..not interested in ANY event the City of Cleveland is in charge of.