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Times Square crystal ball ready for its big night

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 01:25

The iconic Times Square crystal ball is tested one day before New Year's Eve. Angela Moore reports.

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It was the final test run before the big New Year's Eve countdown in Times Square. The organizers of New York City's New Year's Eve event stood atop One Times Square, counted down, flipped the switch and launched the world famous Times Square crystal ball into the air. Come New Year's Eve, more than one million people will crowd Times Square to watch the crystal ball mark the start of a new year. Event organizers say New Year's Eve in New York should on everyone's bucket list. SOUNDBITE: Jeff Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, saying (English): "There's no other place like Times Square New Year's Eve. You can go to Sydney. You can go to London, Moscow. There's fireworks in Moscow, fireworks in London, fireworks in Shanghai, fireworks, fireworks, fireworks. It's only here in New York City where you see a million people gathered to watch a ball, a lit ball, come down a flagpole and as we count down, we embrace and kiss and celebrate. And it's a time of love and romance. Every year, it's one of the top nights for people to get engaged. I'll see people getting down on their knee and propose. And it's just an incredible feeling of energy and good will as we really realize that we are all together as one, celebrating." Also joining in this year's Times Square celebration - British pop star Jessie J who will sing John Lennon's 'Imagine' just before the clock strikes midnight.

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Times Square crystal ball ready for its big night

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 01:25