LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on the Las Vegas Strip to ring in the new year with the help of novelty drinks, celebrity toasts and a fireworks display billed as the country's largest.
A crush of high-profile musical acts played sold-out Sin City concerts on Monday, including Beyonce, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Keys. Police shut down the Strip to vehicles from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino to the Sahara as night fell, allowing tourists to flood the four-mile stretch.
Temperatures dropped to the low 30s, but the masses jammed the streets as seven hotel-casinos unleashed identical eight-minute fireworks displays at midnight.
Tourism officials believe more than 330,000 visitors flocked to the festivities. Metro Police reported about 13 arrests.
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