1 January, 09:39

New Yorkers brave icy weather to welcome New Year

New Yorkers brave icy weather to welcome New Year

About a million revellers in New York's Times Square sang in the New Year as they watched the traditional sparkling crystal ball drop.

In freezing temperatures at midnight, the ball dropped to the sounds of Auld Lang Syne and the classic New York, New York.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native New Yorker, pressed the button that activated the ball drop.

The celebrations saw performances from stars including Miley Cyrus and Blondie.

Voice of Russia, dpa

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