Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The adventurous took to the French Quarter to ring in the new year. A healthy crowd soaked in the tail-end of Sugar Bowl Fan Fest and listened to headliner O.A.R.

Chris Ambrose and his family making the trek to New Orleans from Michigan, a pit stop before they hop on board a cruise ship in just a few days.

'It's on my bucket list to come here,' Ambrose said. 'What better time than now?'

The White family is visiting from Washington, D.C.

'We're coming to celebrate my brother's birthday and my parent's anniversary,' Dorian White said. 'My mom thought New Orleans would be a great place to bring in the new year, so that's why we're here.'

They refused to let the rain and damp cold keep them away from Jackson Square and fellow New Year's Eve revelers.

'The weather has been pretty good,' Tina White said. 'Tonight is a little cooler, but we came prepared. We're ready.'

Christina Walters lives in town. She said she had to show her friend Monica the sights.

On their to-do list is Bourbon Street.

'She's never been so I told her I'd take her down and let her have a drink and take her back home safely,' Walters said.

As 2013 draws to a close, this crowd will join a growing number of spectators in the French Quarter to ring in the new year.

The New Year's Eve celebrations will wrap up with a 10-minute fireworks display booming over the Mississippi at midnight.

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