Number of Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball designs since 1907
Weight (in pounds) of the current Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
Year “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” aired for the first time
Typical number of revelers packed into Times Square each New Year’s Eve
In the 1980s, the Times Square Ball was reconfigured into an apple.
Times Square’s New Year’s Eve confetti is all tossed by hand.
Dropping a deluge of confetti into Times Square on New Year’s Eve is no small feat; preparations for the confetti avalanche take about a year, beginning while the previous holiday’s tissue paper is still being swept up. A large part of organizing the confetti shower is recruiting crews to release the 3,000 pounds that descend on Times Square, since there are no cannons involved — instead, every piece is hand-tossed. Workers are trained in the proper way to fluff and throw the biodegradable paper scraps for maximum impact, which is timed to begin 20 seconds before midnight so that the confetti descends into the crowds below right on cue.
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