Global fireworks party welcomes in 2014
NEW YORK (AFP) - Times Square erupted in joy and a shower of multi-colored confetti as New York City's famed glass ball eased down to mark the final seconds ushering in 2014.
In the latest scene of global New Year celebrations an estimated one million people, braving freezing temperatures and some of them camping out since morning for a good spot at the festivities, joined in a chorus to boom out the final countdown to 2014.
None other than US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor - a native New Yorker - activated the mechanism that sent the Big Apple's famed 5,500kg multicolour, flashy ball on its way down a pole to signal the end of one year and the start of another.
Times Square blazed with neon lights above the jubilant crowd, many wearing blue top hots advertising a brand of skin cream.