The tradition has lasted over a hundred years. The first celebration took place at midnight on December 31, 1907 with a balloon falling down over the crowd. Now, it is impossible for New Yorkers and those watching on television around the world to imagine New Year's Eve without the famous ball consisting of more than two and a half thousand crystal panels and 32 thousand light-emitting diodes.
The first ball weighed over 300 kilograms and measuring 1.5 meters. Currently, the ball is more than 3 feet in diameter and weighs more than five tons. Each year the ball is a special theme.
The Times Square Society chairman Tim Tompkins says, "This year, Waterford's crystal ball themed" Peace and tranquility "after 2017, filled with anger and hardship, is a theme we think very suited to the needs when we enter the year 2018. "
The crystal panels for the giant ball were traditionally produced by the Irish crystal company, Waterford. Their craftsmen are on site and are working to install panels, based on a draft that illustrates this New Year's theme.
Tom Brennan, crafter from the Waterford crystal company says, "As seen here, we celebrate the gift of serenity … When viewed closely, there will be interconnected butterflies such as dancing in unison and perfect, for us is about us as individuals, as the best human beings as much as possible at any time. "
The fall of the ball at midnight is only part of the party. More than a million dollars were spent on security and entertainment for this event, which was watched in the world.
The head of the entertainment show at the turn of the year, Jeff Strauss said, "We have an amazing schedule of events this year. will light up and raise the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square, accompanied by the 'Dragon Dance' of Chongqing, China and remarkable musical performances. "
In addition to the one million visitors expected to see New Year's celebrations in Times Square, 175 million more people will watch television broadcasts not only in the US, but around the world, while one and a half tons of confetti (colorful pieces of paper) will be scattered over the crowd at midnight in the turn of the year. [ps/al]