Confetti falls at The Wharf to welcome the new year

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Families filled the streets at The Wharf Tuesday, Dec. 31, to celebrate the new year a little early. The annual children’s Confetti Drop give little ones a chance to celebrate at an earlier hour.

Main Street was lined with fun and mostly free activities. Siblings battled atop a large inflatable trying to knock each other off the narrow walkway into a crash pad below. Children old and young tried their best to stay on the mechanical bull while others tried their hand at surfing.

Michelle Harrell and her Magical Poodle show from Gulf Breeze, Fla, entertained large crowds while also teaching responsible pet ownership.

“This is our favorite venue. Emilio, Apollo, Tallulah Jane and Sevyn and I have been to The Wharf for Mardi Gras, the summer series and occasional private events,” she said.

At noon, from a cannon on the second-floor balcony, the crowd counted down and confetti rained from the sky as the littlest citizens welcomed 2020 before their regularly scheduled bedtime.