Times Square Ball Drop on NYE will be virtual this year

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The famous Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York will take place virtually this year, without a live audience. The organisation of the event is forced to do so by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes it impossible to have hundreds of thousands of people usher in 2021 together. Currently hard work is being put in creating a digital alternative for what may be the most desirable turn of the year in ages.

The New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York has been taking place since 1907 and is one of the most famous New Year’s celebrations in the world. In all that time, the event has only been canceled twice, namely in 1942 and 1943 due to the then prevailing war. Corona now causes that for the third time in the history of the ball drop Times Square will remain empty on December 31st.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 from the couch at home

Although the event will not be canceled completely this year, it will only take place virtually, without a live audience. The two million visitors who normally attend Times Square will have to watch the ball descend from home. An alternative program is being developed, where only guests will be in Times Square itself. The NYPD will shut down the environment completely and everything that takes place here is for broadcast purposes only. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for information on where to follow the event online.

Anyone who watches the ball drop at home from the couch this year will see a celebration dedicated to ‘the best of human spirit’. Attention will be paid to emergency service workers, doctors and scientists. And of course the artists who frame the celebration will not be missing. For the 1,400 kilos of confetti that is normally scattered over the audience they will need to find another destination though.

I’m not a big fan of New Years Eve celebrations in Times Square because of the low temperatures and the lack of toilet facilities (did you know that many of the visitors wear a diaper for this reason ..?). But I still think it’s a real shame that this iconic event cannot take place in its normal form this year. Hopefully, with the end of 2020, we can also leave the pandemic (partly) behind us, and New Year’s Eve 2021 will be back in Times Square with millions of people!

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