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Special Event

Millennium 2000: Thousands Celebrate New Year at Millennium Dome in Greenwich; Huge Parade Taking Place in Central London

Aired January 1, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JIM CLANCY, CNN ANCHOR: Well, as you can imagine, it's pretty hard to count them, but officials say as many as two and a half million people packed Central London to welcome in the New Year. Staff at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich had barely seven hours to clean up before they had to open up the doors of the exhibit this morning.

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney was there this morning. She joins us now -- Fionnuala.

FIONNUALA SWEENEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Jim. How are you?

Well indeed, it took 1,000 people just seven hours to clean up the entire Millennium Dome.

You're now looking at live pictures of the dome on a rather dull and overcast day her in Central London. But it hasn't stopped people from coming to visit the Dome here at Greenwich. Some 12,000 people expected today after that big party, when there were 10,000 people here last night. Throughout the year, they expect something like 12 million visitors to look at this exhibition, which lasts for just one year. And then the dome is expected to be sold off to the highest bidder.

Now also happening in London today, Central London I should say, is a huge parade. Twelve-thousand young people from five continents taking part -- you're looking at the pictures now -- taking part in what's know as the London Parade, and this is a parade that's been taking place all morning here. It started in Parliament Square, and it will wind up in Pickadille (ph),

And there you see tens of thousand of people packing the streets all along the route that's been described as the best of British (UNINTELLIGIBLE) may see.

And of course the cleaners of Central London didn't have much time to clean up the streets either, but they have been doing that.

Word from the authorities today that there have been no major Y2K glitches. Although one government minister did say that while there have been no problems, that they're really waiting to see what happens when business resumes after the holiday period. And incidentally, they're a bit worried about February 29, because that is date that has yet been unaccounted for in the calendar.

But so for, they say there's no problems with electricity, gas, power supplies, utilities, anything of that nature -- Jim.

CLANCY: Fionnuala Sweeney, there at the Millennium Dome. Everything checking out a-OK, Y2K.

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