CLEVELAND -- You don't need Times Square for your celebrity fix on New Year's Eve.

Hometown star Drew Carey is heading to Cleveland to help ring in 2014 by delivering the countdown in Public Square.

It's all part of the Ohio Homecoming Group's big celebration -- Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve.

"Cleveland is home and I can't imagine a better place to spend the New Year," Carey says. "When I heard what the Ohio Homecoming Group was planning, and that they wanted me to be part of it, my response was 'hell yeah!' So I'm happy to layer-up and party on Public Square with my fellow Clevelanders."

Cleveland Rocks New Years Eve 2013 kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 at Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

The event is free and will include food trucks, a beer garden, live ice sculpting, fireworks, live performances headlined by EDM band Krewella and more – all leading up to the countdown to midnight.

Newly re-elected Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald are honorary chairpersons for the celebration.

"Landing Drew Carey to be part of Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve is a major win for us," says Ohio Homecoming Managing Partner Alonzo Mitchell. "We've always wanted to work with Drew because of what he's done to shine a light on Cleveland with his success in entertainment, so this is the perfect collaboration for what we're trying to do with this celebration."


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