Last night, we braved the crowds and made it in to the official Los Angeles celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. And oh what a night it was! I can best describe it as New Years Eve x million - a moment I'll never forget, where tears were shed, hugs were aplenty and where high fives ruled over handshakes. As many of us ride the wave of excitement into the future, it's my hope that this is just the beginning of things to come. But for now, let's enjoy this historical moment!
We had no idea if we were going to be able to get in. Right before we left, NBC had said that there were 15,000 people expected to come in but that the ballroom had a 3,000 person capacity.
Parking is no hassle because we get there a 1 1/2 hours early. This is Duc and Arlene toward the elevator to the hotel.
In the elevator, from the parking structure to the hotel, we're all really excited but worried about the lines.
Arlene and I make a mad dash from the elevator to the hotel but Duc and Eugene get stopped by two burly guys with a velvet rope!
After standing in another line for about 30 minutes we made it in to the ballroom!
Stage was set up with huge screens..
We made our way to the front of the room, in front of the dj and the podium.
Making new friends.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
David Allen Grier
The crowd's reaction.
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Balloons and confetti descending upon us.
As we were walking out...Ex-Governor Gray Davis!
NBC newscaster Ted Chen!
The most famous celeb of the night? Our ET correspondent, Arlene!
It was one helleva night! Thanks Duc, Eugene and Arlene for braving the crowds and experiencing this moment with me. I'll never forget it!