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      Marquette celebrated with 25th New Year's Eve ball drop

      For the past 25 years, the ball drop in downtown Marquette has been tradition at midnight on New Year's Eve.

      Thanks to the DDA, volunteers and downtown businesses, this year was no exception as the city continued the ball drop for its 25th anniversary.

      "Well, we really didn't know how long this was going to last, but as you can see, the people look forward to it. They've bought into it, so that keeps us going. There's excitement, people enjoy it and it's a good family event," says John Prince.

      The crowd proved their loyalty to the ball drop tradition as they filed on to Washington Street, despite the frigid, negative temperatures, to catch the special moment and ring in 2014 the way it's been done for years.

      "I'm a Yooper. I've been down here every year. The cold does not bother me," says Abby Durant.

      Some people survived the cold out of sheer excitement.

      When the clock struck midnight, roaring applause filled the streets, and some even stole a kiss.

      Seconds after the 25th New Year's Eve ball dropped in Marquette, people didn't linger in the below zero weather but beat the streets to find warmth in the new year.