Friday, January 1, 2010

Nearly a million celebrate New Year in Berlin

Frosty temperatures and thick snow did not stop a million people from taking to the streets of Berlin to celebrate the start of 2010 on New Year's Eve.

Midnight was marked at the Brandenburg Gate by a ten-minute firework display accompanied by music as the annual televised party reached its climax.

But despite the massive crowds around the Victory Column and the Straße des 17. Juni, which has come to be known as the city's "party mile" for major public events, police reported few incidents. Around 600 police officers and safety personnel were on hand in the area, and a spokesman said the police was "very satisfied" with the event.

Several hundred thousand party-goers were already at the Brandenburg Gate at 6 pm, where they were entertained during the evening by various musical acts including Dutch singer Loona and British pop duo Right Said Fred.

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