The world is watching New York City for New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Here’s the schedule of events, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, which you can watch in person with a few million of your closest friends, or on TV or via livestream including performances by Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and El Dasa.
6:00 – 6:03 p.m. – Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball – The world-famous crystal ball begins its ascent, accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.
6:04 – 6:14 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies – Chinese Cultural Performance – The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) presents a spectacular Chinese cultural performance from Shandong, home of Confucius and Kung Fu, celebrated with a colorful fan dance and red and gold fireworks atop One Times Square. The performance is on the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets.
6:15 – 6:18 p.m. -Nivea Vignette – Big bucks corporate sponsor Nivea presents a three -minute “vignette”, code word for commercial, on Nivea Kiss Stage at Turn Lane Island between 45th and 46th Streets.
6:20 p.m. – Times Square 2013 Hats, Balloons and Scarves – The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew, all dressed in in bright red uniforms begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the crowd already assembled in the Crossroads of the World to welcome 2014. N ivea is providing festive hats and blue balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons in its logo blue color, along with useful Nivea Lip Care sticks. The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ movie is providing mittens.
6:58 – 7:00 p.m. – Hourly Countdown with Times Square Alliance Webcast Correspondents – They will read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour, accompanied by more fireworks atop One Times Square.
7:02 – 7:05 p.m. – Another message from Nivea on the Kiss Stage.
7:58 – 8:00 p.m. – Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper – Same as at 6:58.
8:17 – 8:27 p.m. – FNC’s “All American New Year”: Musical Performance by Rodney Atkins, on the Kiss stage.
8:33 – 8:39 p.m. – ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Musical Performance by Icona Pop, on the Countdown Stage
8:52 – 8:55 p.m. – Waterford Crystal Toast
8:58 – 9:00 p.m. – Hourly Countdown with Elisabeth Hasselbeck & Bill Hemmer – Same as 6:58 and 7:58.
We’ll have the schedule from 9:01 to midnight in an NYCOTC posting tomorrow.
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