Revellers around the world have been marking the arrival of 2010. Rio de Janeiro made a late bid for the planet’s best show with the city’s famous Copacabana beach making a spectacular backdrop. Some 2 million spectators samba-ed in the New Year.
In New York, hundreds of thousands braved snow and rain in Times Square to say goodbye to a decade of war and a year marked by economic woes. At midnight, partygoers were showered with traditional confetti containing messages from around the world.
Some 200,000 Londoners also rang in 2010 in traditional style. Despite the display being two minutes shorter than last year, the chimes of Big Ben and the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames made a beautiful setting.
Party time in Paris saw the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower lighting up the sky. Crowds flocked to the Champs Elysees to soak up the last seconds of 2009 and be dazzled by a massive light show.
And, more than 100,000 Muscovites ignored the freezing temperatures and heavy snow to mark the new year. In Red Square, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated people on bearing up over the last year.