Lights for Rights will again turn the lights out at the Washington Square Arch for World AIDS Day tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st. Liza Minnelli and Kenneth Cole will host the occasion with other guests. The event is also happening at other locales across the city including the Brooklyn Bridge; the New York Stock Exchange; Madison Square Garden; Carnegie Hall; the Museum of Modern Art; the Beacon Theatre; Radio City Music Hall; the Apollo Theater; and 40 Broadway theaters. The ceremony will begin at the park at 5:30 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m.
The focus of the Light for Rights campaign is to keep the Lights on HIV and Human Rights. More info on the campaign can be found here.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared at last year’s event – I’d imagine she will be there as well.
Last year, I tried to find out how exactly the lights get shut off at the Arch but I was not successful. The lights will come back on during the ceremony unlike in recent days when getting the lights turned ON at the Park before it gets seriously dark has been an issue. Happy to report on one front that the Arch’s lights now come on on time before it gets crazy dark, the rest of the park, not so much. More on that in a minute.