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Thousands gather to celebrate NYE in Vegas

Posted at 12:57 AM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 03:57:28-05

Crowds started to fill the Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas for the biggest party of the year shortly after 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Road closures began at 5 p.m. Thursday and the Strip was completely shut down at approximately 6:30 p.m.

More than 300,000 were expected to ring in the New Year in Las Vegas this year.

Police said before the big night that they are prepared for the crowds and any possible trouble. They asked people to leave their backpacks and big bags at home and not to bring strollers onto the Strip. Both metal and glass containers were banned until 6 a.m. Friday on the Strip and all minors had to be in the company of an adult.

In addition, drones were banned from the Strip and drone operators could face criminal charges if they bring their drone to the Strip.

Action News had several crews stationed on the Strip and on Fremont Street, where the party featured numerous tribute bands playing on three stages. Our helicopter also flew above the Strip and downtown throughout the evening.