COLUMBIA — The new year arrived a bit early on Ninth Street — 8 p.m., to be specific.
That's when residents at the Columbia Eve Fest's "children's celebration and procession" began counting down to the confetti cannon blast that would mark the new year for families whose children were too young to stay up until midnight.
The event kicked off at 7 p.m Tuesday on Ninth Street. Different events were held at the Missouri Theatre, at Missouri United Methodist Church, at Columbia Arts League and on the street.
Silent films at the Missouri Theater Center
St. Louis musician Matt Pace began playing the piano around 7 p.m. in the Missouri Theatre to accompany the silent film “One Week,” written by and starring Buster Keaton.
Pace played on stage, under the spotlight, while on the screen to his left, a slanted house collapsed in slapstick glory.
The event was attended mostly by adults. Mike Currier, a volunteer at the theater, said that attendance was slightly lower than the year before. However, more people showed up as the night progressed.
Puppets and music at Missouri United Methodist Church
Across the street at the same time, puppeteers from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre put on a show for children. Local musicians played in the hallway, and residents were invited to bring their ukuleles and join the show.
Around the corner from the puppet show, belly dancers performed their routine in the hallway.
Art and Music at the Gallery
While shoppers perused paintings and sculptures in the Columbia Art League, Julie Henigan sang traditional Irish songs.
Drums and children’s processional
The Citywide Drum Line and Rhythm Band gathered to perform around 8 p.m. on Ninth Street. A crowd of about a hundred people, many of them families with children, gathered to listen to them perform.
After the band finished playing, the crowd began counting down. When they reached "zero," confetti cannons showered the attendees with colored confetti.
Another confetti launch was planned for midnight.
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