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More than a million ring in New Year’s in Berlin
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More than a million ring in New Year’s in Berlin

Published: 01 Jan 2013 10:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Jan 2013 10:06 GMT+01:00

At least a million people peacefully rang in 2013 at Germany’s largest New Year’s party in Berlin on Monday night.

Organizers of the two-kilometre-long celebration in front of the German capital’s icon Brandenburg Gate said they had broken the million mark of revelers. Entrances to the party zone in Berlin’s centre were closed hours before the turn of the year due to the huge turnout.

Drawn by a 15-minute fireworks display with more than 6,000 rockets at midnight, visitors also came to see an international lineup of musical acts including The Pet Shop Boys. The large crowd also hopped to the horsey dance made famous by 2012’s suprise South Korean pop hit “Gangnam Style.”

The police said the gathering remained largely peaceful without major incidents.

Across Germany, revelers gathered to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one. From Cologne to Munich, hundreds of thousands watched the sky light up at midnight over the country.

Germans spent an estimated €115 million on fireworks, according to the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.

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04:45 January 7, 2013 by RainerL
$115 Million blown to bits?! Hmm?? What I could only do with that money or where as People who trying to just survive makes this sound criminal.

I wonder if the whole World where to pledge just for one New Years Eve all the Millions to famine or the very many poor? What a wonderful New Year start it would be for those many. Yet we are to scorn an Arab Nation for spending Billions in Dubai e.t.c while many of their Country Men and Women go poorly about their daily life's.
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