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Midnight on Front Street set to return in full force

During the celebration, the countdown to the New Year will feature the drop of a replica of the...
During the celebration, the countdown to the New Year will feature the drop of a replica of the iconic 1912 Hub sign, which will be lowered in sync with the countdown.(WDAM)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 11:44 AM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Midnight on Front Street is coming back to Hattiesburg in full force!

This was the big announcement that Mayor Toby Barker has been teasing on his Facebook page since Tuesday. The post included a link to a video, which opened at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

In the video, Barker was joined by “DJ Kujho” Carr to announce the public event will be hosted again on New Year’s Eve.

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“Last year, I stood on the firetruck by myself as we filmed the countdown to 2021. It was a sobering and stark reminder of all our community lost in 2020,” said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. “While 2021 has provided us with additional battles in the fight against COVID-19, the year has also provided so much for us to reflect and be proud about. I look forward to gathering together – once again – with Hattiesburgers and visitors from all over as we toast to the past and ring in the new year.”

Carr said he was at the 2019-2020 event. He said he remember seeing people having a lot of fun.

“Bringing in the new year with my hometown, it was a dream,” said Carr in the video. “Seeing all those people who actually knew me. They knew me as Marcus, but (they) knew me as Kujho.”

The 2021-2022 event is slated to include music, food vendors, the dropping of the iconic Hub Sign at Midnight followed by a fireworks show.

“I also know that this is not just Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration,” said Barker in the video. “This is also quickly becoming Mississippi’s New Year celebration. We look forward to working with a lot of people from the state and the region who want to come and see what Hattiesburg has to offer on New Year’s Eve.”

“Having this annual event return to Downtown Hattiesburg is a sign for how far we’ve come as a community throughout the last year,” said Andrea Saffle, director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “It’s going to be an incredible night in the life of our city. And, we look forward to working with vendors and our merchants as we usher in 2022 in a very special way.”

Additional details will be shared through the months of November and December as they are confirmed, but city officials and community leaders encourage all to make plans to experience this New Year’s Eve in Downtown Hattiesburg through Midnight on Front Street. The history of the Hub Sign, schedules and plans will be accessible at hburgnye.com.

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