Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square

Co-written by Elton Lugay

New York, January 1, 2013 -- The cast of the North American tour of "Million Dollar Quartet" (MDQ), led by Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley and Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins; South Korean rapper Psy, whose viral hit song "Gangnam Style" recently earned more than one billion views on YouTube; and Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, the artist behind the catchy pop hit song "Call Me Maybe"; among others pumped up more than one million revelers yesterday at the 2013 New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, a tradition dating back to 1907.

The nine-hour long program began at 3 p.m. -- revelers started converging between Broadway and 7th Avenue in early afternoon though. By 6 p.m., everyone was in place: no sneaking in and out of the NYPD barricades for snacks or pee breaks. The only people allowed in at any time were those checked in at the nearby hotels. Adjoining streets were sealed off to vehicles, but pedestrian traffic -- jammed by tourists and locals -- remained open.

This year, as in previous years, the "ball drop" has been an orderly celebration. Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the NYPD made sure that the event went off without a hitch; and that everybody had a great time. But Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD asked The Revelers to follow rules, including submitting to the random bag checks. About 4,000 NYPD officers were deployed.

"American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper, Carson Daly, Mario Lopez, Taylor Swift, and The Rockettes also participated in the festivities.

Photos by Elton Lugay, TheFilAm.net

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Cody Slaughter

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Cody Slaughter

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Lee Ferris

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Cody Slaughter

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Carly Rae Jepsen

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Psy

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, The Rockettes

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, The Rockettes

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Revelers

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Mayor Mike Bloomberg

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Carson Daly

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Mario Lopez

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Revelers

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
Anderson Cooper

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
In Times Square

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
In Times Square

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square
In Times Square

Photo Coverage: MDQ, Psy, Jepsen at 2013 New Year's Eve in Times Square

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