Thousands ring in New Year at Hemisfair Park

Celebrate San Antonio ushers in the New Year with food, fun

SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of people flooded Hemisfair Park Wednesday to ring in the New Year.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation hosted Celebrate San Antonio, the biggest free New Year's Eve celebration in the state of Texas.

Guests began arriving around 5 p.m. for the big extravaganza and were welcomed with live music, warm food and plenty of activities for the kids.

"It's the ambiance. It's the way to do it here in San Antonio. Oh my god, San Antonio is just awesome," said Gloria Garcia as she celebrated the annual jubilee. "You have the fireworks right here under the Hemisfair tower, all the people, the camaraderie the music you can't beat it, this is the best place to go for the new year."

As 2014 winds down and the cold weather enters in, partygoers aren't going to let dropping temperatures dampen their parade.

"Actually it feels good out here. It's cold yeah but we are here to celebrate so it's good. I'm good, I'm warm, I got thermals on," said Kay Hall.

Although not everyone is out celebrating, folks out in Hemisfair Park had one simple message for them.

"What in the world are you doing being a couch potato? Get your rear down here, it is so much fun," said Hall.

As 2014 ends and time ushers in the new year, everyone has a story to tell, whether the year brought treasures to last a lifetime or left you with bumps and bruises.

Crystal Straube has one thing to say about reflecting on the past year and moving forward onto the next.

"Hopefully to mend some broken bridges and just look forward to the new year," said Straube.

As the clock ticks away, we say goodbye to the past, but we also welcome in the future. So cheers to a happy New Year!