Buffalo Ball Drop 2013

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - It's now 2013, and tens of thousands of people rang in the New Year at the 25th Annual Ball Drop outside the Electric Tower at Roosevelt Plaza!

Western New Yorkers did not wait until midnight to start celebrating, as thousands poured into downtown.

The night included dancing, families spending time together and entertainment from the Caitlin Koch and Jamie Moses Band.

The crowd swelled with excitement as midnight drew near, all ages ready to celebrate.

This year's ball drop was bright than ever -- the ball equipped with new lighting.

After the ball drop, the crowd remained in awe of the fireworks show.

Channel 7's Keith Radford, Joanna Pasceri and John Borsa helped ring in the New Year along with 97 Rock's DJ Jickster.