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Inside LA's 40,000-Person New New Year's Eve Tradition

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Happy New Year!! #NYELA #2015

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There was no sophomore slump for Los Angeles's massive public New Year's Eve party at Grand Park. The free event hosted 40,000 visitors this year (organizers were prepped to handle up to 50,000) despite chilly temperatures and the party's new "no booze" rule, according to the LA Times. The party's come a long way from its inaugural year, when capacity (25,000) was reached before midnight, gates had to be closed early, and food trucks sold out of their wares. There's only one way 2016's event could top this: fireworks. Here's a look at all the fun:

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The countdown:

Happy 2015!! #NYELA

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· Grand Park New Year's Eve celebration draws 40,000 [LAT]
· Inside LA's Insanely Popular First Public New Year's Eve Party [Curbed LA]
· Your Ultimate Guide to Grand Park's Huge New Year's Eve Party [Curbed LA]