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Families celebrate at First Night in St. Pete

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Nothing quite compares to watching the sky light up with your loved ones on New Year's Eve.

"We wanted somewhere where we could all ring in the New Year together without the dangers that encompass New Year's Eve," said Jordyan Upchurch.

Upchurch and her family chose St. Petersburg's First Night because of the alcohol-free environment and kid friendly settings.

Her kids couldn't wait for the fireworks.

But before the show started, food vendors worked to fill the visitors' stomachs.

"I'm sure we are going to keep rocking and rolling. These people are hungry, we gotta feed them. It's non-stop," said Joe Warren.

John and Bernadette Reihl came from Palmetto not only for a funnel cake, but for a second year in a row.

"We had a swell time the last time we were here," said Bernadette.

This year they brought along their daughters.

"It is spending time with my family because they came down to visit us, and that's what I'm happy about," John said.

Jill Brooks and her family moved from New York to Florida this year. With views like the one over the water, they aren't missing the big ball drop in Times Square.

"It is just really, really crowded. It's not family friendly at all. You would have to do that in your teens and 20s," she said.

With such a family-friendly event she is hoping her little guy doesn't miss the big moment.

"He is not escaping this one at midnight. He's getting kissed asleep or away, I'm going to cover him in kisses."

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