Cold Weather Can't Stop NYE Celebrations in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Bone chilling temperatures couldn't dampen the spirits of revelers in Bangor Sunday night.

Folks downtown celebrated the New Year with the ball drop off the top of Paddy Murphy's pub.

People waited in temperatures as low as negative five with a wind chill down to minus-twenty.

While the crowd didn't match up to years past organizers say it was still the place to be to ring in 2018.

"It was definitely lower than years past but it was not shockingly lower," said Paddy Murphy's owner John Dobbs. "If it's really nice in the evening then the square is full very early 3,000 plus people. If it's cold like it was last night then you have the where is everybody and then 5 minutes before the ball drops they come out of the woodwork and the square fills up."

He says they'll be back again next New Year's Eve and downtown businesses are now looking forward to Winter Fest which takes place in the 3rd week of February.