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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Children reach for colorful ribbons shot from confetti canons at the First Night event at Romare Bearden Park. The kids got first dibs on 2014, ringing in the new year at 5 minutes until 6PM on Tuesday.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Children and parents wait for the countdown to 2014 at Romare Bearden Park. The First Night celebration heralded in the new year at 6PM, for the kids, and midnight for the old folk.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlie Kunkel, 4, runs away from Father Time after having her picture made with him at the First Night Charlotte celebration.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Sophia Black (4) and her mother Blair Black have their picture taken in New Year regalia by Dan Black at the First Night Charlotte celebration at Romare Bearden Park.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Miles Harden, with Dancerz Stage, entertains the families at the First Night Charlotte celebration at Romare Bearden Park Tuesday night.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Jay Blair trumpets the New Year on his father Sam's shoulders at the First Night Charlotte celebration at Romare Bearden Park.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Overview of the Ronald McDonald Show and the First Night celebration at Romare Bearden Park.
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