After Mayor Menino rescued the annual First Night celebrations, it appears that Mayor Walsh wants to get out of the responsibility of First Night essentially because it is too difficult:
“We are not in the business of running events like this,’’ Walsh said. “We can handle small events. First Night is logistically a fairly large event with many different moving parts.”
While I don’t necessarily object to the City trying to find someone else to run the event, I do find this statement inconsistent with Walsh’s insistence that the City has the capability to actively plan and monitor the development of the 2024 Olympics. Even the planning of the City’s own responsibilities for the Olympics will dwarf that for First Night.
First Night has been a popular annual event in the City for almost 40 years. Unlike the Olympics, it caters primarily to the local population and involves mostly local artists, musicians and dancers. If Marty Walsh truly believes that an important and popular local event such as First Night is too onerous a responsibility for the City to bear, then he should admit that the City has absolutely no business taking on the 2024 Olympics.