The Ball drops on 2016: More than a million Times Square revelers usher in theNew Year alongside Ryan Seacrest, Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood as terror fears fail to dampen the party

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More than a million people were expected to crowd into New York City’s Times Square under heavy securityon Thursday to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with the traditional dropping of the New Year’s Eve crystal ball.Throngs of people began streaming into the area early in the day, preparing to spend hours outdoors beforethe official festivities begin with the lighting of the ball at 6 p.m. EST. With memories of the deadly attacks in Paris and California still fresh, police took extraordinary measures to ensure security at an event that hascome to define the New York experience for many visitors to the largest U.S. city.

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