New Year’s Eve audience in Times Square in NYC is still partying despite coronavirus boundaries

Happy New Year!

2022 arrived in the United States when the clock struck midnight Saturday in the eastern time zone.

The traditional New Years eve party in Times Square in New York City was screwed down for the second year in a row Friday night due to coronavirus – but the optimism for the new year remained intact.

City officials and NYPD brass limited the assembly to 15,000 people for the annual midnight ball, a decades-long tradition that usually attracts far larger numbers.

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As usual, they included in the crowd in Midtown Manhattan people who came early.

“I’ve been waiting since 2:45 p.m.,” Henry Brown, 57, of Manhattan, told the New York Post.

Participants had to show proof of vaccination, it reported Post.

From left, Christopher Gicostanzo from Canada, Emma Marianni and Zoe Fauchi, both from Paris, France, stand in Times Square as they await the annual New Year's Eve in New York City on Friday, December 31, 2021.

From left, Christopher Gicostanzo from Canada, Emma Marianni and Zoe Fauchi, both from Paris, France, stand in Times Square as they await the annual New Year’s Eve in New York City on Friday, December 31, 2021.
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“They checked my vaccination card four times,” Bryce Steven, 25, of Albany, New York, told the newspaper. “It’s good, though. It means they care about us.”

Yes Rule and Ashanti will perform at Times Square on New Year's Eve Friday, December 31, 2021 in New York City.

Yes Rule and Ashanti will perform at Times Square on New Year’s Eve Friday, December 31, 2021 in New York City.
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The Big Apple experienced relatively mild early winter weather with temperatures around 50 degrees as the clock approached midnight. Other years have seen far less pleasant conditions.

Partygoers receive balloons as they gather in Times Square in New York on Friday, December 31, 2021, as they attend the New Year's Eve festivities.

Partygoers receive balloons as they gather in Times Square in New York on Friday, December 31, 2021, as they attend the New Year’s Eve festivities.
(Associated Press)

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Across the United States, other festivities were underway in several cities – including Nashville, Tennessee, the site of Fox’s “All-American New Year” celebration. Pete Hegseth, Rachel Campos-Duffy and others hosted the event from the famous Wildhorse Saloon in Music City.

Fox Nations Lawrence Jones speaks at Fox's All-American New Year in Times Square, New York City, December 31, 2021.

Fox Nations Lawrence Jones speaks at Fox’s All-American New Year in Times Square, New York City, December 31, 2021.
(Jennifer Golotko / FOX News)

In addition, Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo and Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek from New Orleans’ French Quarter reported, while Fox News congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie was in Folly Beach, Charleston, SC. And Fox Business correspondent Madison Alworth is celebrating the New Year from Tampa, Florida.

Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this story.

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