Build Up to New Years Eve 2009

So another year has been and gone, and already it feels dated to be writing ‘2009’ but not quite right to be writing ‘2010’.

We’re entering a decade which, as of yet, has no formal name/coloquailism for it, but which promises to be a very exciting one in many areas, especially technology.

At the last minute today (30th December), a few friends very kindly asked me to head out to Hertfordshire to see in the New Year with them, so I’m pleased to have some plans in place for that, as New Year without friends would be terrible!! Alas, Greg is already committed to a New Year elsewhere as he’s out with work colleagues, and I’d originally shoo’d him out, not wanting to ruin his night by making him stay in with me (as was the original plan). Sure we’ll battle the airwaves to try and drunkenly shout ‘I love you, Happy New Year’ down the phone to each other around 00:32 when the networks recover heh!!

I am excited that this year, and this shows my geekiness, you can watch the Times Square NYE Ball drop online! If I am still up at 5am (and this is likely) I will try and watch via my mobile phone, which has flash support.

I have added the link for the webcast below so you can see the New Year in online if you fancy – the content linked to will automatically become active tomorrow (31 Dec) at 22:50 GMT.

NYC is -5 GMT, so if you’re in the UK, you’ll probably want to tune in around 04:50 01 JAN 10 for NYE itself.

Watch live streaming video from TIMES SQUARE: NEW YEAR 2010 at livestream.com

The stream will also be available to iPhone users at iphone.livestream.com/2010/
Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year’s Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration – it’s a global tradition. The world holds its breath…and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.

The full schedule for the night is as below (all times are per NYC, so UK viewers, remember to add five hours on – i.e. their 4pm is our 9pm)

4:00 p.m.

The Revelers

Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve.  By approximately 4:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic.  Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections.  As one section fills up, the revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section.  As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.

5:50 p.m.

Beginning of Times Square New Year’s Eve WorldWide Webcast

6:00 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies – Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square.  The Event Organizers, Tim Tompkins and Jeffrey Straus will be joined by representative of the Philips Lighting Company to flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:05 p.m. to 6:13 p.m.

Musical Performance by Taddy Porter

The Times Square New Year’s Celebration gets started with Taddy Porter performing Shake Me and I Gotta Love at the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island in Times Square between 46th and 47th Streets.

6:16 p.m. to 6:24 p.m.

Musical Performance by Delfina

The Times Square New Year’s Celebration continues with Delfina performing Kiss On My Listand Window at the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island in Times Square between 46th and 47th Streets.

6:25 p.m. to 6:28 p.m.

Nivea Vignette

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minillo will play Simon-Sez with a group of revelers at the NIVEA Kiss Platform to entertain and warm-up the audience in Times Square!

6:45 p.m. to 6:49 p.m.

Univison Musical Performance by Zone D’Tambora

Zone D’Tambora performs Caramelo at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

6:51 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.

Univison Musical Performance by Ana Isabelle

Ana Isabelle performs Bidi Bidi Bom Bom at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

6:58 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Carson Daly

As we approach the New Year, Carson Daly will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”,  read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

7:10 p.m.

Times Square 2010 Hats and Balloons

The Times Square Alliance sanitation crews clad in bright red uniforms begin to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year.   Nivea is providing festive blue New Year’s Eve hats and blue balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons along with useful Nivea Lip Care product to keep our lips looking and feeling beautiful for that unforgettable kiss at midnight.

7:15 p.m. to 7:25 p.m.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly: Musical Performance by the Broadway Show “Hair”

The Broadway performers of the hit musical “Hair” sing Let The Sunshine In at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

7:30 p.m. to 7:33 p.m.

Nivea Vignette

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minillo introduce the Kiss Chain at the NIVEA Kiss Platform!

7:58 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Ryan Seacrest

As we approach the New Year, Ryan Seacrest will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”,  read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

8:52 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Nivea Vignette

Two romantic revelers will be featured at the NIVEA Kiss Platform for a special midnight practice Kiss …3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!

8:58 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confettie release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

9:58 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Surprise Guest

As we approach the New Year, a Surprise Guest will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

10:10 p.m. to 10:16 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Daughtry

Daughtry performs a medley of Everytime You Turn Around and Life After You at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

10:37 p.m. to 10:43 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Daughtry

Daughtry performs a medley of No Surprise and Home at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

10:58 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina

As we approach the New Year, Raul de Molina will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour.

11:05 p.m. to 11:08 p.m.

Nivea Vignette

Two romantic revelers will be featured at the NIVEA Kiss Platform for a special midnight practice Kiss …3..2..1.., Kiss like a billion people are watching!

11:20 p.m. to 11:25 p.m.

Times Square Sing-Along Featuring the Liberty Bells

The USO’s Liberty Bells perform a seventies medley and a special Service Salute at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Musical Performance by Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez performs a medley of LouboutinsWaiting For Tonight, and Let’s Get Loud at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

11:59 p.m.

The Sixty-Second Countdown

The Times Square 2010 Special Guest and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year at the Nivea Countdown Stage.

The New Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds.  The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.

12:00 a.m. — New Year’s Day

2010 Sign

At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2010” burst to life shining high above Times Square.

Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects

The world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects.

12:15 a.m. – End of Show

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About Gari

Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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