Las Vegas rings in 2013 with large fireworks display, sold-out concerts

Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - 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. Police shut down the Strip to vehicles from the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino to the Sahara as night fell, allowing tourists to flood the four-mile stretch.

Temperatures dropped to the low 30s, but the masses jammed the streets as seven hotel-casinos unleashed identical eight-minute fireworks displays at midnight.

Tourism officials believe more than 330,000 visitors flocked to the festivities. Metro Police reported about 13 arrests.