Thousands usher in New Year in Market Square

Thousands usher in New Year in Market Square

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The ball weighs 200 pounds and is covered in 150 lights made specifically for the Market Square New Year's Eve show by Pyro Shows. The ball weighs 200 pounds and is covered in 150 lights made specifically for the Market Square New Year's Eve show by Pyro Shows.
The crowds were anxious to countdown as the ball dropped from above the square. The crowds were anxious to countdown as the ball dropped from above the square.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nearly 3,000 people welcomed in the New Year in Market Square.

Despite the cold, people came out for a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. From ice skating to face painting, the Market Square festivities began early in the afternoon and lasted into the new year.

"I've lived in Knoxville 25 years and never come downtown so we thought we come down get out of the house and enjoy the people," said Brian McMillian of Knoxville.

The crowds were anxious to countdown as the ball dropped from above the square.

It's a 200 pound ball covered in 150 lights made specifically for the Market Square New Year's Eve show by Pyro Shows.

"We're here to watch the ball drop and spend time with friends welcoming in the new year," said Lorena Hubbard of Knoxville.

The night ended with a bang, a fire works show and thousands of people joining in to sign Auld Lang Syne.

As the night came to end, it was a time to look ahead.

"It's a whole new start to a whole new year  that you get to look forward to doing different things," said Kim Welker of Knoxville.

An organizer of the event said this year's crowd was around 3,000 people, topping last New Year's Eve. 

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