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Saratoga First Night to go on despite bitter cold

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Despite Tuesday's bitter cold, the First Night festivities went on as planned in Saratoga Springs.

Organizers said there would be no changes due to the weather, but they are did bring in a portable heating unit.  It was stationed on Broadway in front of Saratoga Arts.

People were bundled up with earmuffs, scarves and had coffee in hand as First Night Saratoga quickly filled up indoor venues to escape from the bitter chill.

"A lot of venues are mapping it all so it's close together," Nikki Fillipone said.

There were 35 vendors in total, all indoors and many filled up to capacity quickly

"We have our nephew in from Florida.," Chris Law said. "My two little ones always want to come down see the Beatles Band. We're going to walk around for a while check out the performances."

Law and his kids also brought the New Year in with style with their flashy 2014 glasses.

While some fought the cold, others embraced it.

‘Yeah, I love the cold," Zack Morrison said.

Organizers said 15,000 people made it out to First Night the first couple of years, but the colder the temperatures can sometimes mean smaller crowds.

Joel Reed said, "We're staying warm up at First Night rather than worry about the cold."

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