Las Vegas rings in 2013 with fireworks, shows

January 2, 2013 • National News

Marty Pritchard, 55, and his wife Gail from Edmonton, Alberta, party at Fremont Street Experience Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Marty Pritchard was celebrating his birthday and the new year. They left Canada two days ago with the temperature at -36 degrees. “It’s hot down here,” joked Marty. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on the Las Vegas Strip to ring in the new year with the help of novelty drinks, celebrity toasts and a fireworks display billed as the country’s largest.

A crush of high-profile musical acts played sold-out Sin City concerts on Monday, including Beyonce, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Keys. Casinos hosted nightclub parties with red carpets and $3,000 bottle service hosted by musical and reality television celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Brandy and Ice-T.

Kelli Gandy, 26, was among the fans who counted down with Kim Kardashian at the Mirage.

“I love her, so I had to come, I had to have a table and everything,” she said next to $1,200 bottles of Dom Perignon Champagne. “It was imperative that I see her.”

Police shut down the Strip to vehicles from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino to the Sahara as night fell, Login to read more

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