Revelers usher in 2014 with fireworks, festivities
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From Sydney to Dubai, revelers welcomed 2014 with extravagant fireworks displays, while London prepared to celebrate by spraying clouds of fruit-flavored mist and Chicago and San Francisco planned massive outdoor celebrations.
In New York, about one million people were expected to gather in Times Square for the New Year's Eve street party as Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge and hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis headline the festivities and the dropping of a 11,875-pound, crystal-encrusted ball marks the start of 2014.
"We've been living on granola bars and little bottles of water, because if you move, you lose your spot," said Ms Sheila Harshbarger, who had traveled from Indiana with her daughter and staked our her ground next to a row of police barricades in the frigid cold more than 14 hours before midnight.
There will be no crystal ball for Brasstown, in the mountains of North Carolina. At midnight it will hold its 20th New Year's Eve "possum drop" - in which a caged opossum is displayed in a Plexiglas container for spectators.