New York New Year's

The United States rang in the New Year today with coast-to-coast celebrations, including the granddaddy of them all in New York's Times Square.

An estimated one million people watched the latest version of a symbolic ball make the 100th descent from a landmark perch to mark the start of a new year.

It was a another kind of globe that dropped in Brooksville, Florida, north of Tampa, where a 200-pound fiberglass tangerine rang in the new year. And in downtown Miami, a Big Orange slowly climbed to the top of the Hotel Inter-Continental.

The 32nd First Night celebration in Boston included a-half dozen ice sculptures, performances by hundreds of artists, and a midnight fireworks display over Boston Harbor.

Revelers jammed the Las Vegas Strip to watch more than 30,000 effects, rocket off the rooftops of seven casinos. The eruption of light and color was choreographed to a playlist of pop music, country hits and, of course, the recorded crooning of the late Dean Martin.

By the time the West Coast partied, New York City sanitation crews had already taken control of Times Square for the big clean-up.


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