Here’s some From the Archives images of previous New Year’s Eve celebrations in Los Angeles. Of course, for years the biggest event was on Broadway in downtown L.A.
A story in the Jan. 1, 1941, Los Angeles Times reported:
Broadway between Third and Ninth Sts. became a moving, milling mass of humanity last night as an estimated half a million persons filled the metropolitan canyon with noise and revelry.
Untold thousands jammed the thoroughfare and broke the silent night with rejoicing at the new year — 1941.
Although the great mobile throng was generally well behaved, previous warnings against confetti and serpentine throwing — against city ordinances — were disregarded. …
The New Year’s Eve Broadway celebrations ended in the early 1950s. In a Jan. 8, 2006, story, staff writer Cecilia Rasmussen reported that the parties were “a tradition that died in the 1950s when L.A. had spawned suburbs and Broadway had lost its luster as a prime entertainment and shopping district.”
Rasmussen’s full story 1st New Year’s Blast Was Late is online.