Thousands ring in new year on Mill Avenue

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Circle K New Year's Eve Block Party is a 29-year tradition in Tempe.

A stretch of Mill Avenue north of University Drive was shut down on Wednesday to make way for the annual street party.

Food vendors selling everything from corn dogs to tacos and wings were on hand to keep the masses fed.

A Ferris wheel, carnival games and face-painting kept the kids busy.

The City of Tempe expected some 50,000 people to show up for the fun, fireworks and live music.

Firework displays were scheduled for 10 p.m. and midnight, with Arizona's own Gin Blossoms taking the revelers into 2015.