Despite the never-ending specter of terror attacks around the globe and a fire that raged in a mega-high-rise Dubai hotel, the world's revelers drank, cheered and partied their way toward 2016 in New Year's celebrations from Sydney toSaskatchewan.
In France, still reeling from the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead, over 50,000 police and military personnel will be watching over New Year's celebrations.
"The same troops who used to be in Mali, Chad, French Guyana or the Central African Republic are now ensuring the protection of French people," said Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
A similar tone resounded throughout other nations, whose leaders said they are pressing ahead with New Year's Eve celebrations. A sampling of the New Year festivities that have either happened or are in the works:
NEW YORK: Around 1 million people are already packing into New York City's Times Square for the annual celebration. The party begins with musical acts, including Luke Bryan, Charlie Puth, Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood, and ends with fireworks and the descent of a glittering crystal ball from a rooftop flagpole.
This year's festivities will also be attended by nearly 6,000 New York City policeofficers, including members of a specialized counterterrorism unit.
People usually begin filling the square and adjoining blocks before sundown for the televised spectacle. Everyone arriving will be screened for weapons with a metal-detecting wand.
"This is the center of the world on New Year's Eve," Rick Milley, 60, told Yahoo News. He traveled from Boston with his wife, Debbie, 59, to ring in the new year in Times Square.
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