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Opening Night 2008

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Revelers welcomed the new year Monday night during festivities in downtown Oklahoma City. Revelers welcomed the new year Monday night during festivities in downtown Oklahoma City.
The alternative rock band the Flaming Lips performed Friday night in downtown Oklahoma City. The alternative rock band the Flaming Lips performed Friday night in downtown Oklahoma City.

Thousands gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate the New Year at "Opening Night 2008."

The Flaming Lips, a native Oklahoma City band, was among the many artists and musicians who performed Friday night. Organizers of the event were hoping to top last year's attendance of 68,000.

"If you're not inside a building, then on the outside we have performers, fireworks . . . lights, it's a huge, huge event," said, Opening Night 2008 director Lindsey Pever.

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