NEW YORK — The Latest on the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square (all times local):
New Year’s reveler Colleen Keenan says the celebration in frigid Times Square is “a beautiful experience” and “there’s nothing like it.”
Kennan and her son braved temperatures of only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) to ring in 2018 in Times Square.
With a burst of confetti and fireworks, throngs of revelers celebrated the arrival of 2018 as the glittering crystal ball dropped.
With a burst of confetti and fireworks, throngs of revelers have ushered in 2018 in a frigid Times Square as the glittering crystal ball dropped.
It was the second-coldest on record. The temperature was only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) in New York City at midnight. The coldest ball drop celebration was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius).
Partygoers bundled up in extra layers, wearing warm hats and face masks, dancing and jogging in place to ward off the cold.
There was also tighter security than ever after two terrorist attacks and a rampaging SUV driver who plowed into a crowd on the very spot where the party takes place. The party went off with no major problems.
“Auld Lang Syne” and “New York, New York” played as the crowds cheered.
Mariah Carey has made it through her set on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” this year after bungling it last year.
Carey had technical difficulties during a live performance of her hit song “Emotions” on the ABC show in Times Square last year. She stopped singing, paced the stage and told the audience to finish the lyrics for her.
This year, she made it through cleanly despite frigid temperatures — and despite asking for hot tea that wasn’t there. She joked it was a “disaster.” Carey performed her hits 1990s “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”
It was the second-coldest Times Square New Year’s Eve on record. The temperature was only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) close to midnight. The coldest ball drop celebration was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius).
The metal pens holding revelers waiting for the ball drop in frigid Times Square aren’t all packed with people.
It’s one of the coldest New Year’s Eves on record in Times Square, just 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) at 10 p.m. The coldest on record was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius) outside.
People are jogging around to stay warm or bouncing and dancing in place. Others are standing and shivering.
It’s New York City resident Corinne Bird’s third time in Times Square for the New Year. She’s there with a friend from North Carolina who hadn’t been before. They say they’re already cold — and they’ve been waiting only about a half-hour.
When midnight hits, the glittering crystal ball will drop, confetti will rain down and fireworks will light up the sky to ring in 2018.
Ohio resident Michael Waller says he made a snap decision Saturday evening and drove overnight from Columbus to New York City so he could ring in the New Year in Times Square.
Waller says he arrived at about 8 a.m. Sunday and has been standing in frigid temperatures in a metal pen with a front-row view of the glittering Waterford Crystal ball. It’s one of the coldest Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations on record.
Waller says he didn’t want
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