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Smile VIDEOs/PhOtOs-New Year 2015 Celebrations Around The World

U.S. Celebrates the New Year as One MILLION Brave the Cold in New York Times Square to Start 2015 With a Bang

  • It was as low as 23 degrees in Manhattan tonight, but one million revelers packed in Times Square
  • Thousands began arriving from Wednesday morning and were searched by police
  • Security had been significantly increased amid the recent anti-police protests
  • The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford Crystals
  • In Key West, they celebrated with their annual dropping of a drag queen, while in New Orleans a fleur-de-lis dropped from above the famed Jax Brewery
Daily Mail UK, 1 January 2015

Temperatures may have been at a chilly 23 degrees, but the only thing the one million gatherers in New York's Times Square seemed to care about this New Year's Eve was the dropping of the iconic Waterford crystal ball.
The cold weather in New York did nothing to deter the masses from turning out to ring in 2015 at one of the most famous sites in the world - with the ball drop tradition dating back to 1907 - in a show that was headlined by Taylor Swift and hosted by, among others, Ryan Seacrest and Idina Menzel.
When the clock struck midnight and the 11,875-pound ball dropped after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed the button, one ton of confetti was also released over the city, containing well wishes for the upcoming year.
For many, it was a happy send-off to an unhappy 12 months, while others took advantage of the popular night to march and protest the recent wave of police killings.

This as many other cities celebrated their annual New Year's traditions as well, with Key West dropping a drag queen in a heel to mark the start of 2015, New Orleans focusing on their musical roots as the fleur-de-lis dropped from above the famed Jax Brewery, country superstars Lady Antebellum entertaining the crowd in Nashville and Miami starting a new tradition with rapper Pitbull hosting the festivities from the Thompson hotel.

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Ringing in 2015: Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family (right) led the official ball drop with members of the International Rescue Committee, including Sudanese British model and IRC member Alek Wek (left)

Prime position: Revelers get ready for the New Years Eve countdown in Times Square in New York City on Wednesday

Stunning shot: A look at the lights in Times Square taken from a helicopter

Werq: Gary 'Sushi' Marion sits in a giant replica of a red high heel shoe over Duval Street, at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Florida

Country road: Fireworks light up Nashville where country superstars Lady Antebellum entertained the crowd

'It was such a difficult 2014, we're going to have a great celebration to ring in the new year,' said Jeffrey Straus, president of the Times Square Alliance, which runs the New York City event.
'This is our opportunity to come together to celebrate the future.'

Among the celebrities hosting live shows there were Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin for CNN, Carson Daly, Ken Marino and Chrissy Teigen for NBC, and the previously noted Seacrest.
As has become tradition, Cooper and Griffin were once again standouts with the comedian's acerbic wit and off-the-cuff-comments a stark contrast to the refined and cautious manner of the serious newsman, who happens to be one of her best friends.

Is it gonna be forever: Taylor Swift performs in Times Square on New Year's Eve moments before the ball drop

Man in charge: New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stands with an officer as he walks among officers and revelers gathered in Times Square for New Year's Eve festivities

For many in New York, seeing the ball drop meant also staying put behind metal pens. What's more, there were no bathrooms and once people left, they could not come back to their spot.
Police checked backpacks and no alcohol was allowed.
Each year, the police department assigns thousands of extra patrol officers to the festivities to control the crowd and watch for any signs of trouble.

Visitors saw heavily armed counterterrorism teams and bomb-sniffing dogs. Rooftop patrols and NYPD helicopters kept an eye on the crowd, and plainclothes officers will blend in with revelers. Newly graduated officers will take part.

'Times Square is probably the safest place in New York City on New Year's Eve,' O'Neill said.

Litterbug: Confetti engineer Norm Larsen tosses confetti onto revellers from the roof of the Marriott Marquis hotel during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square

Bundled up: A woman wears 2015 glasses while taking cover from the cold weather during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square

Festive group: Bundled against the cold, Hitomi Date, foreground second from left, Saki Kokubo, second from right, and Miku Tsubata, right, all from Tokyo, take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in Times Square

Up high: A birds-eye view of some of the million people filling up Times Square to watch the ball drop

Pretty: The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford Crystals

High security: New York City police officers search revellers entering Times Square on Wednesday

In place: A cop stands watch on a motorcycle as an estimated one million people gather in Times Square

Keeping watch: There is an increased police presence in the city to help with the expected one million visitors

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said that though there were no known threats against the city or its officers, the department has added even more personnel.
'We're absolutely concerned about the security of everyone there, including the police officers,' O'Neill said.
If any of the anti-police protesters show up, they will be allowed in said authorities.

Colorful display: Fireworks over the water mark the beginning of the New Year in Rio de Janeiro

Kids: Children celebrate as fireworks explode during New Year's festivities on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Triumph: The famous Arc de Triomphe is illuminated during a light display in Paris

Unique display: At one point during the light display different monuments were projected on to the landmark

Eye in the sky: Fireworks light up the London Eye to mark New Year's in England

The bomb squad and a unit specializing in chemical and biological threats will sweep hotels, theaters, construction sites and parking garages. They also will patrol the Times Square subway station and certain exits will be blocked off. The NYPD will rely on a network of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras blanketing lower Manhattan, parts of midtown Manhattan and the subway system.

Arriving in style: Sydney locals, Demi Bryant, 22, and James Hundt, 28, celebrate the beginning of the New Year atop a high-rise overlooking the iconic Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks sitting on a Ford Mustang

And we're off: An estimated 1.6million people gathered on the shores of the Sydney Harbour for the midnight fireworks show

Heavy artillery: This image shows just some of the seven tonnes of fireworks that were set off around midnight in Sydney

Nearly there: Thousands of people watched the fireworks in Sydney from some 50 vessels in the water

Happy New Year: The midnight show over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House welcomes 2015

After the show, sanitation crews will get to work cleaning up from the celebration, working through the night to rid the area of an estimated 50 tons of garbage including confetti, party hats and other leftovers from the revelry.

The ball drop idea is being modeled around the country – Las Cruces, New Mexico, is holding a chile drop for the first time. Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee, are hosting peach and music note drops.

In Boston, the mayor and police commissioner urged activists to hold off on a planned “die-in” protesting police violence during the city’s annual festivities. Mayor Martin Walsh and police commissioner William Evans suggested the family-friendly First Night event is not the proper venue to address recent police killings of unarmed black men in the US.
But for many other citiies, New Years Eve has already come and gone in a flash of glory.

An estimated 1.6million people turned up to watch more than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects on show during this year's New Year's Eve display over Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
Hundreds of umbrellas and tents began popping up on Sydney's Blues Point early Wednesday morning as people settled in to wait for the symphonic light display, with huge queues forming overnight to secure a prominent view.
While much of the evening was dedicated to celebrating, floral tributes to Martin Place siege victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson were on display amid the evening's fireworks.

'It is in memory of the two young and talented people that we lost because of that siege,' said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
'We remember the trauma the hostages experienced, the bravery of the police and we remember the way Sydney responded as we expected - an inclusive, welcoming, multicultural community,' he said.

Sydney Harbour will be a beacon of celebration as Australia farewells another year, sending 2014 off with an extra round of fireworks. In what is believed to be a first, drones will be used to live stream the fireworks as they launch from the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and several barges in the water.

Merry new years tidings: Fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia celebrates the New Year 2015 in modest mood in honor to the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH370 and MH17 plane tragedies and floods that hit the country at this time claimed 24 lives and more than 200,000 have been evacuated

Five decades of independence: Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence with a year long festival

One big global show: Fireworks go off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper to celebrate New Year 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan

Going off with a bang: An explosion of fireworks erupted over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as the city ushered in the New Year

All over the globe: Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong celebrates the arrival of 2015

Konnichiwa 2015: Some 2,000 people release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the New Year in the Japanese capital

People are gathered as fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations in Yokohama, near Tokyo

Worldwide cheer: Hundreds of South Koreans gather to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul

Moment of peace: Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea

Silent prayer: A woman prays during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul

Religious holiday: Buddhist monks and believers pray during a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul

A burst of orange light brightens up the night sky in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, as the country welcomes in 2015

Revelers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown for the New Year begins in Manila, Philippines

Chinese folk artists dress up for a drama performance during the New Year's Eve count down in Beijing to promote the city's 2022 Winter Olympic bid at Olympic Park

Actors carried feathers and wore a range of colourful outfits for the event in Beijing as the city counted in 2015

Laser lights illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration

First up: A grand fireworks display lit up the sky at the stroke of midnight in Wellington, New Zealand

One down: New Zealand, along with Fiji, was among the first nations to welcome the new year at 11am GMT

More joy: Fireworks were set off from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand

Smashing show: More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects are expected to be used

For the world: Drones will be used to live stream the fireworks as they launch from the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and several barges

Honouring those lost: Tributes to the Martin Place siege victims are planned amid the evening's fireworks in the harbour

In the Chinese capital Beijing, eight hours ahead of London, an event will be held in the Olympic Park designed to highlight the capital's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Skaters will perform and Olympic medalist figure skater Zhao Hongbo, Paralympics gold medalist swimmer Yang Yang and pianist Lang Lang will appear.

Japan prepared for 'osechi ryori', the country's biggest traditional holiday on New Year's Day. At midnight, temple bells will strike 108 times, the number of evils, or temptations, as defined by Buddhism.
There will be fireworks and bonfires around the nation as millions of people flock to neighborhood temples and shrines to pray for health and happiness.

In Rio De Janeiro, two hours behind London and Greenwich Mean Time, more than 1million people are expected to flock on Copacabana beach, where two dozen artists and DJs will perform on three stages. Tourists and locals routinely party until dawn on the beach, staying awake to watch the tropical sun rise for the first time in 2015.

A massive fireworks display blasted from boats in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean will light the sky over the crowd, which traditionally dresses in all white, a Brazilian New Year tradition to bring purification and a peaceful year.
Another tradition calls for partygoers to enter the sea up to their knees and jump over seven waves shortly after the New Year begins, for luck.

Europe - get ready! A visitor writes '2015' with a light pen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France ahead of the new year

Incoming: 2015 is written in the air with a sparkler at the frozen Mana River in the Taiga district outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

Anniversary: A floating installation of 25,000 wishing spheres line Marina Bay, Singapore as the sovereign-city state prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee of 50 years of independence from Malaysia in 2015

New Year's Eve celebrations have already started across North America with New York's traditional crystal ball already in place in Times Square.
The Waterford crystal ball will drop at midnight, in a tradition being increasingly copied across the United States with twists celebrating local icons. Las Cruces, New Mexico, is spicing up New Year's Eve with its first chili drop. In Miami, a 10-meter (35-foot) neon orange will light up, while Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee, will drop a peach and a musical note, respectively.

Flagstaff, Arizona, celebrates with a 2-meter (6-foot) pine cone that drops from a downtown hotel. Nearby Prescott drops a 2-meter (6-foot) spurred cowboy boot in a nod to its western culture.
On Lake Erie in Port Clinton, Ohio, the community will carry on its tradition of dropping a 270 kilogram (600 pound) walleye made of wood and fiberglass.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula will ring in 2015 with a nod to its mining history, with a replica of a pasty - a baked pastry filled with meat and potatoes traditionally associated with Cornwall in the UK - to drop in Escanaba, one of the remote region's largest cities. The meal was popular by miners who immigrated to Michigan decades ago.

In Scotland celebrations have been underway since Tuesday night when Edinburgh kicked off the Hogmanay festival, which is the UK's biggest outdoor winter music festival
Large crowds are expected at the world-famous street party which will see performances from Twin Atlantic, Twilight Sad, Eddi Reader and this year's Mercury Prize-winners, the Edinburgh-based act Young Fathers.
The concert in the gardens is being headlined by Lily Allen, who will be joined by special guests Bjorn Again and Soul II Soul. A midnight fireworks display will welcome in 2015, followed by the traditional mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

In London fireworks will light up the sky above the South Bank at midnight and celebrations will carry on until 12:45am with a live DJ set.

Gearing up: Fireworks are set off over Calton Hill during Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival on Tuesday night

They sure know how to party: Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on Tuesday

How they do: A midnight fireworks display will welcome in 2015, followed by the traditional mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne (pictured is celebrations on Tuesday night)

Let it burn, burn, burn: A fire surrounded by revellers in viking costumes burns on Calton Hill during Edinburgh's Hogmanay on Tuesday

Doing it big: Edinburgh's Hogmanay, which kicked off last night, is the UK's biggest outdoor winter music festival

Revelers Brave the Cold to Wait for Times Square Ball Drop

9PM Fireworks Light up Sydney Harbour Ahead of Midnight Countdown

New Zealanders Among the First to Welcome The New Year

New Year 2015 Celebrations Around The World

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