The arrival of the New Year is always something special and fabulous. Every country has its own traditions of celebration. And New York is no exception. Every year, a crystal ball is lowered into Times Square to symbolize the beginning of the New Year. How did New York celebrate the New Year 2024? And what security measures were taken during the event?
Lowering the crystal ball is an unchanging tradition
According to CBS New York, this year almost a million residents of the city that never sleeps came to watch the crystal ball drop. And another billion watched it online. At 23:59 local time, the grand fireworks display began and lasted 15 minutes. Residents and tourists wrote their wishes on pieces of confetti that fell like rain. They also said what they wanted to get rid of. After the fireworks, famous artists performed on the stage in Times Square, including singer Katy Perry, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.
Overall, New Year's Eve 2024 in New York was a success. It became a bright and unforgettable holiday for everyone present.
Security measures before New Year's Eve: what the authorities have done
As the Daily Mail wrote earlier, the authorities have stepped up security measures due to possible protests by pro-Palestinian groups. The NYPD deployed thousands of police officers in Times Square on New Year's Eve, both in uniform and in plain clothes, to prevent any protests. But fortunately, everything went well.