Since 1904, New Year’s revelers have been celebrating in Times Square, with the first “ball drop” occurring in 1907. What better way to ring in 2011 than to watch the famous ball drop in Times Square? ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” attracted over 9 million viewers. For the 39th consecutive year, Clark, along with co-host Ryan Seacrest, headed off the event in celebration of the new year. Read on for a summary of the night’s extraordinary celebration.
The night was chock-full of frivolity, entertainment and all around excitement in the hours leading up to midnight. With parties in New York and Los Angeles, the dual-coast celebration was of epic proportions. Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas hosted the West Coast celebration. In Los Angeles, the entertainment included performances by Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Drake, Natasha Bedingfield, La Roux and more. The ever-classy Dick Clark performed his annual duty of counting down the seconds as the ball dropped.
By far, my favorite moment year after year is the same. Like the familiar voice of an old friend, Dick Clark brings a smile to my face; his voice soothes. It is not New Year’s Eve to me unless I hear Clark counting the seconds down until the new year. Despite his health problems, Clark shows class and perseverance by upholding the tradition year after year.
It is reported that over 1 million people crowded into Times Square for the New Year’s celebration. The mood was reported as jovial. The event has remained a mostly crime-free event for years, due to the strong showing of police force. The New York Police Department prepares well in advance for the New Year’s Eve festivities, and they succeed in keeping the event orderly and safe for party-goers. As the clock strikes 11:59 p.m., all eyes are focused on the glowing, descending new year’s ball, all hearts hoping for continued happiness and health in the coming new year.
Now that the celebration has ended, and the new year has begun, New York City is dealing with a hefty clean up problem. According to the New York Times, trash has piled up over 6 feet high in some locations. The New York Sanitation Department was halted last week due to a debilitating post-Christmas blizzard. Normal trash removal is scheduled to resume on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.