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Celebrating New Year's in Times Square: The 3,000-lb Confetti Drop

Just a month or so after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City will have one more sight for people to revel at and look forward to, and that is New Year's at Times Square. Spenser Mestel of The New York Times writes about it:

More than a million revelers are expected to celebrate New Year’s in Times Square. They’ll start gathering in the early afternoon, the hard-core among them wearing diapers so as not to lose their spots. No matter where they stand, however, they are certain to be covered in some of the 3,000 pounds of confetti that will be released 20 seconds before midnight.
The confetti drop started in 1992, when it was intended to lighten up the tone of the event. “Up until that point, it had just been a drunken brawl,” said Treb Heining, who managed the confetti that first year and has been doing it ever since. “It was so seedy.”
The confetti was an instant success. “We literally saw it transform the whole Times Square area before our eyes,” Mr. Heining said, “which is what they wanted — to clean the place up.”

Check out the article on The New York Times to see how they plan the confetti drop from start to finish.

(Image credit: Johnny Milano/The New York Times)


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