SA rings in 2013 in style

Tens of thousands ring in new year at Celebrate San Antonio


Despite wet weather, thousands of revelers packed Hemisfair Park on New Year's Eve to welcome 2013.

Celebrate San Antonio, the city's official New Year's Eve party, usually attracts about 250,000 people, but with drizzle and cloudy skies, the crowd wasn't as large as in years past.

The weather, though, didn't dampen spirits for those who showed up for the free event, which is sponsored by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

"It's not cold, so we can suck up a little bit of rain," said Kurt Myers of San Antonio.

For Mike Weiss of southern Illinois, weather is never a factor, as this was his fourth time attending the Alamo City end-of-the-year party.

"If we were concerned, we wouldn't be here," Weiss said. "It's like 18 degrees at home."

The event featured live music on several stages and there was plenty of food for the party goers to enjoy.

Plenty of the revelers sported flashy hats, glasses and party beads to help get them in the festive mood.

The event was capped by a spectacular fireworks show at midnight from the Tower of the Americas, which delighted Abigail Ovbey of North Carolina.

"I had a blast, I loved all the fireworks. They were the best fireworks I've ever seen," she said.



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