Times Square New Year’s Eve Party Live
Every year, thousands of people gather on Times Square, New York to join the New Year countdown and to see the sparkling Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. At exactly 11:50 p.m, the ball will start its descent as millions of people join the countdown as the final seconds of the year comes to end.
Thousands of people had flooded into Midtown Thursday afternoon in preparation for the most famous New Year’s Eve party. Among those scheduled to entertain them are Jennifer Lopez, the cast of the Broadway musical Hair and North Carolina band Daughtry. Streets leading in and out of the square will be blocked with barriers and police automobiles.
This year’s ball is a 12 foot geodesic sphere (twice the size of the previous balls). According to Time Square Alliance, a non-profit organization that improves and promotes the major Manhattan intersection, the structure weighs 11,875 pounds, covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals and powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS.
“The New Year’s Eve ball is bigger, better and brighter than ever, just like Times Square itself,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins. “And like Times Square, it’s not afraid to show off. That’s why we’re proudly putting it on display year-round so visitors to the neighborhood can enjoy a true Crossroads of the World icon.”
It was also announced that the new ball will be above Time Square all-year-round for the general public to view.
Happy New Year to all!!!
UPDATE: Watch the 2011 celebrations HERE.
[image via timessquarenyc.org]