Hundreds pack Beale Street to usher in 2020


Visitors and locals walk down Beale Street on New Year’s Eve as they get ready to ring in 2020.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The neon lights and blaring blues of Beale Street met New Year’s Eve cheer Tuesday night.

There were Beale Street regulars in attendance for the celebration of a new decade, as well as those visiting for the first time.

"I did not research anything before I came," said Jules Resnik, who is visiting from Oklahoma.

"This my first time doing Beale Street, and I’m enjoying it so far," Deniscia Barnes said.

Some New Year’s revelers came from across the world.

“I’m from England, we live in Australia, and my family have met us here halfway," Adam Malski said. "We’re just gonna have a good time, listen to music, watch the ball drop at midnight."

But this year, the world-famous Beale Street guitar drop won’t be happening. Instead, organizers have replaced it with a mirror ball rise, supposed to symbolize the rise of a new decade.

That change in tradition didn't seem to sit well with those on Beale.

“I don’t like it,” Saundra Carcione said.

“I was a little disappointed because I drove from southwest Missouri to come here,” Lisa Rice said.


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