New Year

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It was a great year for music, movies, and more, but as a working dad, I don’t get out to see and hear as many things as I’d like to. Nevertheless I felt inspired to cobble together my own personal Best Of list for 2015. The items below aren’t ranked traditionally, but instead are presented more or less chronologically. I hope you enjoy reading, and may 2016 be filled with joyful moments for you as well.

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If you’re planning to drive downtown for “Celebrate San Antonio” on New Year’s Eve there will be a lot of demand for parking. About 70,000 people are expected to attend the free event.

There will be three live music stages, food booths, carnival rides, face painting and more. The night will be capped off with a fireworks show at midnight.

It will take place on Alamo Street, between Market and Cesar Chavez from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. That stretch of Alamo will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Friday.

Friday is New Year's for the millions of people around the world who celebrate the Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Horse.

On Morning Edition, Ying Compestine, a cookbook and children's book author, talks about her favorite dish for the holiday: steamed dumplings infused with green tea. They appear in her most recent book, Cooking with an Asian Accent.

The New Year holidays of Compestine's youth were very austere. She came to the U.S. as a grad student in the 1980s, but she grew up in Maoist China.

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Tonight’s downtown party promises to be quite a huge -- and quite a loud -- event.

"Celebrate San Antonio is the city’s New Year’s Eve party," said Phil Nelson, president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation. "We expect to have about 250,000 people here on Alamo Street between Caesar Chavez and Market."

There will be plenty of live music coming from three separate, thematic stages.

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More than 250,000 people are expected to once again crowd Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area, including La Villita, for the bash. It's a special time of year, said Judi DeLeon, executive director for the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"This is a tradition," DeLeon said. "The carnival is here, it's a safe setting. We're right in the middle of downtown. SAPD will be all around us and we've got great food, great music."

A special guest was invited to be a part of the festivities, according to DeLeon, but Texas singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn't available.

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