UPDATED 01/01/15 01:02 a.m.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chilly temperatures did not stop an estimated one million people from all over the world from packing into Times Square, where they celebrated the dawn of 2015.
As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, spectators were cold, cramped, and some might say crazy for flooding Times Square on New Year’s Eve. But they all thought it was worth it.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve been watching this, and I said someday, I want to be down in that madness,” said Sherri Ries of Ohio “And here I am.”
While some traveled thousands of miles, others just walked – including one couple from the East Village.
“I said I’m going to Times Square, and they said, ‘Why?’” one woman said.
But she went, and clinched a spot at noon — wearing two pairs of tights under her jeans, five layers under her coat, and two pairs of mittens.
Indeed, the dedicated revelers would not have it any other way. Preeti Rao clinched a spot at noon Wednesday, waiting in the chilly temps for more than nine hours.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it’s always been on my bucket list,” said Rao, of India.
“I wanted to get here early because I thought there were going to be a lot of people,” Rebecca Perez from Carmel, N.Y. told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.