Midnight Welter 2014
When midnight comes at the Gemini & Scorpio 2013 Bootleggers' Ball New Year's Eve party in Brooklyn, Ivory Fox dangles in midair from her Lyra (aerial hoop). There's a countdown projected against the wall at the Irondale Center, where I've spent the last few New Year's Eves with camera in hand, wandering through the turned-out crowds in their holiday finest.
Host Nelson Lugo counts off as he passes numbered cards up to Ivory: 10, 9, 8. She holds each one up and flings it aside to snatch the next. At zero she lets loose with a confetti cannon, and all through the crowd the corks pop, the glasses lift, the poppers explode, and the air is filled with streams of paper, glitter, and good wishes for the year to come.