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January 1, 2011 by staff
Rose Bowl Parade, (AP) – Visitors crowded into Times Square on Friday to wait for the fall-story New Year’s Eve Ball, the largest of the numerous events held across the country to inaugurate in 2011. eager to shake off the time that marked the abrupt end of 2010 in many states were Revelers celebrate New Year with parties, fireworks and musical performances.
Heavy snow was forecast in the Great Plains and rain in some Midwestern states was expected to dampen some of the festivities. But the holidays seem relatively clear in California, which has been soaked by rain record winter, and along the corridor of snow socked the Northeast.
Even more than most years, New York City was honored with no less than one million people are expected to attend the celebration in Times Square. The city is still digging from a debilitating 26 December blizzard, which dumped 20 inches of snow in the streets of the city that have not yet been fully resolved. Security in Times Square was tight just eight months after a Pakistani immigrant tried to detonate a car bomb there.
The Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the city was not the target of the terror threat New Year’s Eve. But the police have a strict safety plan, with manhole covers sealed-cons and snipers on rooftops.
The snow had almost disappeared from Times Square on Friday afternoon as police pushed aside mounds of slush others have erected barricades of metal security. Vendors sold hats and noisemakers, cameramen televisions prepared and the atmosphere was festive revelers prepared for the coming cool evening, when temperatures are expected to dip into the mid 30s.
Miami residents Rodrigo and Maria Lequerich brought their family to New York at the request of their 13 year old daughter, Maria Sophia.
“I saw it on TV all the time and I really wanted to be there in person this time,” Maria Sophia said, adding that she was eager to see a show Kesha, top of the musical drawing.
Sisters-in-law Jessie Carbajal, 41, and Anne Gagarin, 53 Ventura, California was their first visit to New York. They arrived early to set up a spot on 42nd Street. “We will stay here until we see the ball,” said Carbajal.
In Chicago, city officials waited unusually warm temperatures that reached the 50s during the day to attract crowd robust Navy Pier fireworks, but two will not deploy more resources than normal. The city offers penny fares for public transit.
Marry Corrigan, a teacher at Fort Myers, Fla., went to Chicago to meet his daughters and reside in a hotel downtown. Their plans were to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier at midnight.
Last year, having also cut Christmas gifts, she opted for a quiet celebration in a bar in Fort Myers, Florida
“I would not be here if the economy was not good,” said Corrigan, a teacher of eighth grade.
In Portland, Oregon, where a 19 year old man of Somali origin, is accused of plotting to kill thousands gathered in downtown last month for an illumination of the Christmas tree, police said does not New Year’s have been reduced. The city has not hosted the celebration of a Year of downtown new since 2001, when the revelers got out of hand and some vandals have shattered windows in stores.
“Your standard bar and parts of the club is going to happen,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said. “It is simply not an external thing here.”
Travel difficulties and safety concerns did not deter the enthusiasm of the New Year in Southern California, where the majority is always Pasadena Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. Tens of thousands gathered for pep rallies in Pasadena and at the historic Santa Monica Pier.
In Las Vegas, where temperatures were expected to fall to the high 20s by midnight, about 320,000 revelers are expected on the famous Strip, with famous musicians Jay-Z and Coldplay set for a private show broadcast to the street the Marquise de Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas. Other cities warm and friendly party like New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta also planned big celebrations.
Michelle Lawrence of Underground Atlanta, which organizes the annual Peach Drop City, said the event usually attracts about 100,000 people over 17 hours of New Year’s events. The evening will feature music, a carnival and shops open late, “she said. Visitors carrying alcohol, weapons, pets or lawn chairs would not be permitted, said Lawrence.
Christy Maes, a 29-year-old Chicago resident, had planned to visit Canada for the New Year, but instead headed to Atlanta to avoid bad weather.
“We had not seen before Atlanta, and is a good time to come South because of the weather,” said Maes. “It’s warmer here. Not hot but warm.”
In New Jersey, reality show star Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi was entering the holiday spirit. At midnight, to mimic the Fall of New York ball, MTV provided an air drop of “Jersey Shore” star in a variegated world in Seaside Heights, the city’s shore, where the show is set.
In New York, Ryan Seacrest hosts and other celebrities were headlining the event Times Square. Singer Fergie of Black Eyed Peas was the draw for the upper part of Los Angeles issue.
The ball in Times Square, Waterford Crystal and 12 feet in diameter, weighs almost 6 tons and holds more than 32,000 LED lights.
Each year, the ball is redesigned with new crystal panels – 2669 to 2011 sphere adorned with a heart pattern to cut lock maximum brightness and refraction.
The ball is assembled in the basement of the building in Times Square, from which he fell, by a crew of about a dozen people, including engineers and technicians.
“This is a major operation,” said Jim O’Leary, director of Waterford Crystal designs worldwide.
O’Leary said he chose “Let There Be Love” as the theme for this year’s Times Square celebration.
“It is about what’s happening in the world today, with all the problems and conflicts, economic recession – everything else,” he said. “At least we can love each other, there will always be love.”
Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik and Stephanie Nano in New York, Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles, Sophia Tareen in Chicago, Dorie Turner in Atlanta, Tim fought in Portland, Oregon, and Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
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