Como Zoo celebrates 'Noon Year's Celebration' for kids

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As millions of people get ready for the big countdown, some kids in the Twin Cities are resting easy having already welcomed the new year. 

Como Zoo hosted their annual Noon Year's Eve Celebration mid-day Monday, welcoming kids of all ages to St. Paul. 

It may not have been the ball at midnight in Times Square, but the thousands of pieces of colorful confetti that fell on people here at Como Zoo was more than enough to ring in the new year.

At the stroke of mid-day, thousands of pieces of confetti showered a crowd of thousands.

Colette and her son Ezra have enjoyed the tradition since Ezra was just one year old. 

“When they’re little they can’t really celebrate New Year’s at midnight, so we tell them to come out and celebrate Noon Year’s,” Colette said. “After the holidays it’s like, ‘what’s there to look forward to?’ and this is a very fun event that you can get out and dance and see the animals."

For parents and kids alike, the colorful event was a perfect way to end the year. 

“To experience community and neighborliness and the animals all in one and a dance party, it’s amazing. That’s what we come for,” said father Clifton Williams.

For those who missed out Monday, the zoo is doing it all over again New Year’s Day.