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Houston cancels New years Eve celebration

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Dean Chapman's Friday evening included a stroll through Discovery Green with his grandson. As a downtown resident, the park has literally been part of his daily routine- and like thousands of Houstonians this is where he has celebrated recent new year's.

"It was real nice," Chapman said. "I've only been in Houston a couple of years, and I've been to this new year's event twice and it was real nice."

After three years of celebrations, city leaders canceled the upcoming end of the year bash due to lack of funding.

The city's New Year's Eve party traditionally costs more than half a million dollars. Event planners were able to secure last minute funding for the celebration last year after a similar scare, but they couldn't do it this year.

"I mean I know it's a slow economy but I mean, you would think they would keep that," Chapman said. "That's something that most of the people in the neighborhood look forward to every New Year's."

Corporate Houston and private donors have been generous. As many of our Fox 26 Facebook friends pointed out, Houston almost lost its Thanksgiving Holiday Parade this year.

Private donors saved what will be the city's 64th Thanksgiving celebration, but at just three years old, the New Year's Eve party offer the same traditional memories. Susan Christian is the director of the mayor's office for special events.

"This event just needs a little more time," Christian said. " It's a young event I would love to bring it back, but at the end of the day, we also have to have a responsible business plan that funds it."

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