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December 31, 2012
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Fireworks exploded over Boston Common Monday night as revelers crowded Boston for the annual First Night celebration.
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Organizers expected more than a million people to take in the sights and performances.
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Lion dancers with the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association performed on Boylston Street.
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Mark Chenevert played saxophone with the Hot Tamale Brass Band.
Onlookers crowded Boylston Street to see the New Year’s parade.
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An inflatable dinosaur was seen in Boston.
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Lee Fields and the Expressions performed at Jordan Hall in Boston.
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Lucinda Briggs of Wellesley was in Copley Square earlier in the day.
Confetti rained on revelers at midnight in Times Square in New York.
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Revelers in New York’s Times Square took in the festivities.
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Fireworks lit up the sky and Big Ben in London just after midnight there.
Fireworks exploded over the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
A ferris wheel was lit up in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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Pakistani youths celebrated early on Jan. 1 on a street in Lahore.