People celebrate as at midnight a beach ball, covered with Christmas lights, is dropped from a building onto West Market Square in Downtown Bangor on New Year’s Eve. Credit: Gabor Degre

Despite the ice and midnight rain, hundreds came out to West Market Square the evening of Dec. 31 to see Bangor’s annual New Year’s Eve tradition: tossing a light-covered beach ball off the roof of the building that houses Paddy Murphy’s. Bars stayed open late, local businesses hosted events and people seemed undeterred by the less-than-warm weather. It is Bangor, after all.

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Credit: Gabor Degre

Credit: Gabor Degre

Credit: Gabor Degre