Zoo Celebrates Annual ‘Noon Year’ Celebration

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CLEVELAND -- Thousands of people turned out for the 7th annual Cleveland Metroparks Zoo "Noon" Year's Eve celebration.

The New Year started 12 hours early on Monday at the zoo when the ball dropped for their annual kid friendly celebration. "Happy New Year!" said thousands of people as the countdown was winding down, then two cannons sent confetti flying into the air.

The party animals at the zoo were entertaining the crowds. The lions were out in the snow playing around. Elephants were busy getting their pictures taken. A koala bear couldn't get enough of the eucalyptus leaves he was munching on and a kangaroo couldn't stop eating the peanut butter that was stuck on his paws.

"The animals are cute. Some of them are cute. Some of them are scary but I still like all of them," says Abbey Yentl of North Ridgeville.

For the seventh year, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo held its kid friendly version of the New Year's tradition. Parents say they love it just as much as the kids.

"This is great. We wanted to come out here do something with the kids. Bring them out. It's a beautiful day fun to see all the animals celebrate 2013," says Liz Hartranft from Avon.

Thousands of people braved the chilly temperatures to enjoy the zoo's festivities which included a Disney dance party, an ice sculptor making animal shapes, arts and crafts and of course games for the whole family to enjoy.

Happy New Year!