NEW YORK (AP) — Snowflakes fell on Times Square as multitudes of people waited for the midnight ball drop that kicks off 2014.
In a post-9/11 world, attending the event has become an endurance sport.
Many people arrive 12 hours or more in advance, then wait in long lines at security checkpoints to enter viewing corrals that they can't leave.
There are no bathrooms, which presents a challenge.
Some spectators waiting in the cold Tuesday were wearing adult diapers. Others said they hadn't had liquids all day.
But it's all worth it to many.
Yasmina Merrir is originally from Algeria. This year marks her fourth time attending the celebration.
She said that even growing up, she knew Times Square was the place the world celebrates New Year's Eve.