Strange Things Dropped On New Year’s

December 18, 2011 by staff 

Strange Things Dropped On New Year’s, An object dropped or raised on New Year’s Eve refers to the ball which reaches the bottom or top of a lighted tower at midnight. The arrival of the ball launches a display of fireworks. The special effect of the ball drop is designed like the time balls used in the 19th century.

The most famous “drop” is the Times Square Ball, broadcast nationwide live from Times Square in Manhattan, New York City on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and on New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. Other major cities have their own versions based on the original. Although some of the objects may seem peculiar, practically all relate to some aspect of local history, geography, or culture. Some of the objects advertise a corporation sponsoring the event.

Ball drop events are otherwise similar to other New Year’s Eve celebrations, such as America’s Party in Las Vegas, United States and Sydney New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia, often involving large crowds, live music, and fireworks displays. Ball drops are by far the most common in, but not exclusive to, the United States.

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