|People attend the new year celebration at Time Square in New York, the United States, Dec. 31, 2013. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
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HOUSTON, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of people crammed the small U.S. city of Sugar Land to celebrate the new year's eve on Tuesday night.
Sugar Land, a city in the Greater Houston area, greeted swarms of families at its downtown streets and central square Tuesday. More people came to the city's annual celebration this year because Houston canceled its new year events due to lack of fund.
People were literally elbowing their way along the Sugar Land streets, some of which have been blocked to ensure safety of pedestrians. Lights, music and laughters immersed the square.
Fireworks and 3D light shows were upstaged at the site, turning nearby buildings into spectacular moving paintings with flashing lights and vivid colors.
Katherine Stanhope, while waiting for the countdown, told Xinhua she was there because the Houston Mayor's office canceled the official celebration this year.
"You couldn't normally see so many people at any time in this small city. It's crazy. I had trouble parking my car. Every place is full," Stanhope said.
Asked about new year resolution, her friend Maria Luisa giggled, "I wouldn't tell you."
Tuesday's event was divided into kids' night and adults' night, during the latter alcohol was served and bands performed rock songs.
To ensure safety of drivers, the organizers offered Get Home Safely Program, asking residents who intended to consume alcohol to hail a taxi or a designated driver.
Earlier this year Houston city government said it had not raised enough funds to hold the annual new year's eve official celebrations.