Houstonians say goodbye to 2015, welcome 2016


Kids in Houston were set to celebrate the start of 2016 with a confetti toss in Jones Plaza downtown at 9 p.m. – in time for families to make the drive home through the rain before midnight and watch the real ball drop on TV. The family-friendly celebration was part of Houston's larger New Year's Eve party downtown, featuring the B52s performing on one of seven stages and expected to attract 20,000 people, according to Susan Christian, the mayor's director of special events. Houston skipped out on a New Year's celebration last year due to funding constraints, but the city made the event a priority for the last gasp of 2015 by partnering with the Theater District, the Downtown District and businesses like the Hard Rock Cafe.

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