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Ocean City First Night event provides alcohol-free New Year's

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As many patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight Tuesday, thousands made their way to Ocean City to enjoy Ocean City's annual first night New Year's Eve event to celebrate the remaining moments of 2012 and to bring in the New Year.

"Happy New Years," yelled a young girl.

"Happy New Years," expressed a little boy.

"Happy New Years," yelled a crowd.

With the New Year upon us, thousands of people came out with their families this New Year's Eve ready to celebrate what's left of 2012 as part of Ocean City's annual first night event.

"Ocean City is awesome they always put on a great event for the kids and families," said Egg Harbor Twp. resident Lisa Arabea.

"We've came here for probably 3 to 4 years for New Years Eve it's good for the kids it's good for the adults it's a great time," said Bill Scully of Mullica Hill, NJ.

This was the 21st year that Ocean City has held this alcohol free event as a way to provide families with a fun and safe way to bring in the New Year together.

"We don't like to drive on New Year's this is local and it's safe and it's a lot of fun especially for the kids," expressed Ocean City resident Kristen Sinclair.

No matter how old you are first night had a little something for everyone to enjoy.

And for residents of Ocean City, seeing this event continue for another year meant a little more to them after what the island endured from Hurricane Sandy.

"It's so important it's great that they were able to pull it off again this year especially after Sandy and everything it did to devastate the town," Sinclair explained.

And as everyone seemed to enjoy the last remaining moments of 2012, many still spent their time counting down for the New Year.

"I can't wait for 2012 to be over and for 2013," Arabea explained.

"Very excited for New Years can't wait for the midnight fireworks and see what 2013 brings," expressed Curt Fleck of Harrisburg, PA.


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