From Sydney Australia to Bangkok to the ball dropping in New York’s Time Square, the New Year’s parties around the world did not disappoint.
In Dubai around 650,000 people watched fireworks rocket into the sky form the Burj Kalifa, the world’s tallest building in a ten minute display.
New York’s Time Square saw a million people as 2017 edged closer. Police presence was strong in wake of terrorist attacks in Europe, and a few hours earlier at 1am local time, a gunman had killed scores in a nightclub in Turkey.
“I’ve always wanted to come to New York and this is one of the must-dos before you die,” said Stefania Moran, 25, from Mexico.
On stage Mariah Carey headlined the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. Sadly, she hit a snag as technical difficulties killed the sound. Pacing the stage she did her best coaxing the crowd to sing the lyrics from “Emotions”.
In Sydney Australia, a firework display that lit up the harbour bid farewell to David Bowie, Prince, and Gene Wilder. Bowie’s “Space Oddity” accompanied the display while Wilder was honoured by playing a song from the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, as a bridge lit up in colour.
Catherine Flanagan, fireworks show co-producer, said: “This year, sadly, we saw the loss of many music and entertainment legends around the world.
“So celebrating their music as part of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks displays is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and what the future may hold.”
Pope Francis called on people to help young people in the New Year, saying young people have been “pushed to the margins of public life, forcing them to migrate or to beg for jobs that no longer exist, or fail to promise them a future.”