Thousands ring in 2017 downtown

Many ringing in the 2017 on Georgia Street. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands in downtown Indianapolis were ready to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017.

However, instead of a ball drop, there was an IndyCar descending on Georgia Street to mark the beginning of 2017.

24-Hour News 8 asked people what they are looking forward to most in 2017.

“Looking forward to spending more time with family, more time with my beautiful wife, and giving my kids everything they deserve and everything I can,” said Jared Ryker.

“Stay in a positive state and positive mind and everything will work out,” said Philip Baranko.

In addition to the party on Georgia Street, there’s another party that started to countdown to 2017.

Indy Style’s Tracy Forner and Amber Hankins are at the Indiana Grand in Shelbyville getting ready for the “Solid Gold New Year’s Eve Party.”

That party started at 11:30 p.m. on WISH-TV.

No matter how you are choosing to celebrate the New Year, police are encouraging everyone to make sure they have a safe and sober ride home.

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