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VIRGINIA BEACH - The Gin Blossoms performed Tuesday night and a laser light show ushered in the new year.

Town Center in Va. Beach was packed with people coming together to ring in 2014.

The party's was called The Last Night on the Town 2013and organizers were expecting 8,000 people at the first-of- its-kind celebration.

The New Year's celebration included afternoon events at Pembroke Mall, a mock New Year's Eve countdown at 5:00 p.m. for the little ones who can't make it to midnight.

'This event belongs to the City of Va. Beach. This is going to be a fun event for everyone, lots of great things going on and we know it will be the start of many, many to come,' said Jeanne Evans Cox with the Va. Beach Central Business District.

All events were free.

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