The rain threat faded away on Saturday, and unseasonably warm weather brought a large crowd to downtown London on Saturday night for the annual New Year's Eve party.

Superfecta took the stage at 9 p.m., delivering a blend of popular dance music and playing up until just minutes before the midnight hour. 

As his last official act as London Mayor, Troy Rudder took the stage to offer his final words to the crowd. He then introduced incoming Mayor Randall Weddle, who thanked the citizens of London for selecting him to serve at the helm of city government. Weddle officially took office on Sunday, Jan. 1. 

The crowd reacted with enthusiasm as the countdown to 2023 began, cheering as the new year arrived. The cheers were subdued, however, as multi-colored fireworks lit up the sky as the finale to the New Year's celebration. 

As the fireworks died out, Superfecta played for another 20 minutes to bring the New Year into London. 

The New Year's Eve Party is sponsored by the City of London Tourism and is coordinated by Brittany Cradic, executive director of the London Community Center, who assists with the celebration each year.