NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The crowds have cleared out, and now it’s time to clean up. City crews got to work Saturday clearing out the mess left behind in Times Square, Kathryn Brown reports.

With a kiss and a cheer, a million revelers rang in the New Year at the Crossroads of the World. Then, mere minutes after midnight, they were shuttled out.

Metal pens used for crowd control were opened, then hauled away, as an army of sweepers attacked mountains of confetti, over a ton of which rained down on Times Square.

Confetti mixed with the trash of a million people seemed an impossible job to tackle, but the pros used to doing this every year made it look easy, and at times, even fun.

Without a major security incident, even the cops took a quick break once it was over to celebrate the new year.

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