Between the sparklers, fake champagne, and watching the tape-delay of the ball drop on TV, Western New Year's celebrations have become drab yawn-fests. Minnesota's Hmong community, however, has largely retained its festive and colorful New Year's traditions, despite being thousands of miles from the nation in which they originated. The River Centre in St. Paul will host the celebration this weekend in three daylong marathons of dancing, live music, shopping, and tons of food. Thrifty revelers can avoid ponying up big bucks for parking by taking the shuttle bus that runs from Kellogg and Broadway for only $5.
Nov. 28-30, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., 2008