Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Rings in The New Year

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CLEVELAND- The New Year's Eve ball in Times Square doesn't drop for a few more hours, however the ball at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo came down earlier today as part of their "Noon Year’s Eve” celebration.

“3,2,1 Happy New Year,” said the announcer at the zoo.

2014 started a few hours early at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Tuesday for their annual “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. Hundreds braved the frigid cold to say hello to the coming new year with family.

“Even though it's 20 degrees outside we decided to keep up with the tradition, he gets so excited when the ball drops. It's so exciting even though he's all bundled up but it's worth it," Said Cynthia Hawks of North Olmsted.

To heat up the crowd on a freezing cold day, the “Disney Dance Party” turned up the heat by keeping the people moving.

The party animals at the zoo kept everyone entertained as well.

There were the elephants who are always a crowds favorite. There was a hedgehog and a possum which the kids got to play with and we can't forget the king of the jungle.

It’s the 8th year the Cleveland Metroparks has held their kid friendly event and parents told FOX 8 News they enjoy coming to the zoo just as much as their children.

Besides the animals, there was an ice sculptor carving animal shapes plus arts and crafts for the whole family to enjoy.