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Thousands of revelers flood Times Square where record crowds are tipped to mark New Year’s Eve without restrictions under a blanket of fog and rain after two years of pandemic-ruined celebrations

  • Thousands have flooded Times Square to mark New Year’s Eve without restrictions – first time since 2020
  • Revelers were donned in their New Year’s best wearing sparkly hats and 2023 sunglasses at the iconic event
  • Along with deafening cheers expected to ring out after midnight 3,000 pounds of confetti will be released
  • People from around the world have come to celebrate and watch the iconic ball drop – only a few masks seen 

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Thousands of revelers are flooding Times Square where a capacity crowd is tipped to mark New Year’s Eve without restrictions after two years of pandemic-dampened celebrations.

People from around the world have come to party together and watch the iconic ball drop with many already donning their New Year’s best including sparkly hats, 2023 sunglasses and waterproof poncho’s – as rain and fog blankets the city.

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment have organized Times Square New Year’s Eve and are expected to release 3,000 pounds of confetti as the ball drops at midnight.

The stage is set, and crowds are already starting to gather in the iconic midtown Manhattan location for one of the biggest celebrations in the world.

People from around the world have come to celebrate and watch the iconic ball drop with many already donning their New Year's best including sparkly hats, 2023 sunglasses and rain-safe waterproof poncho's

People from around the world have come to celebrate and watch the iconic ball drop with many already donning their New Year’s best including sparkly hats, 2023 sunglasses and rain-safe waterproof poncho’s

Thousands of revelers have flooded Times Square where record crowds are tipped to mark New Year's Eve without restrictions under a blanket of fog and rain after two years of pandemic-ruined celebrations

Thousands of revelers have flooded Times Square where record crowds are tipped to mark New Year’s Eve without restrictions under a blanket of fog and rain after two years of pandemic-ruined celebrations

Barricades are up and there have been quite a few test runs to make sure the main attraction goes off without a hitch.

As for security, thousands of uniformed officers will be in Times Square. Police will also be present throughout neighborhoods and the subways to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities safely.

The pandemic will not impact New Year’s celebrations this year. Restrooms will not be available and, despite the long wait and rain, revelers will have to stand in Times Square. Bags, chairs and umbrellas will not be allowed.

The highly anticipated festivities will be broadcast for television and internet audiences and will include an immersive virtual experience from One Times Square – home of the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration.

The international celebration will build in excitement with hourly countdowns leading to the iconic Ball Drop when the Mayor of the City of New York, Eric Adams, will push the Waterford Crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball and lead the 60 second countdown to midnight.

Without restrictions many were seen getting close for selfie's and documenting the exciting gathering of thousands

Without restrictions many were seen getting close for selfie’s and documenting the exciting gathering of thousands 

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve and are expected to release 3,000 pounds of confetti as the ball drops at midnight

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve and are expected to release 3,000 pounds of confetti as the ball drops at midnight

The stage is set and crowds are already starting to gather in Times Square for the one the biggest celebrations in the world

The stage is set and crowds are already starting to gather in Times Square for the one the biggest celebrations in the world

Times Square saw a little rainfall, but it hasn't deterred the presence of many who came in early to get the best spot to view the musical presentations acts, and of course the Ball drop at midnight

Times Square saw a little rainfall, but it hasn’t deterred the presence of many who came in early to get the best spot to view the musical presentations acts, and of course the Ball drop at midnight 

A woman was seen wearing a red poncho as crowds began to flood in for the night's celebrations. A heaving crowd gathered later in the night, the days of social distancing a distant memory

A woman was seen wearing a red poncho as crowds began to flood in for the night’s celebrations. A heaving crowd gathered later in the night, the days of social distancing a distant memory 

Revelers waited in the rain in Times Square for New Year's Celebrations with millions of others watching eagerly from home

Revelers waited in the rain in Times Square for New Year’s Celebrations with millions of others watching eagerly from home

Streets were closed earlier in Manhattan from about 4 am on Saturday morning and NYPD officers are expected to have a strong presence throughout the night.

People began celebrating New Year’s Eve at Times Square in 1904, in 1907 the New Year’s Eve Ball made its first descent from the flagpole at One Times Square.

Singer, songwriter, and producer, Chelsea Cutler, and multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer, JVKE, will lead the music performances in the hot ticket event.

In addition to the musical performances, actor and TV personality Jonathan Bennett, will return to the celebration as Times Square New Year’s Eve Host. 

Bennett will be joined by Jeremy Hassell who has been part of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration since 2016.

People gather in Times Square to celebrate New Year's Eve on a rainy day in New York City - a few masks spotted among a sea of people taking advantage of the no restriction celebration

People gather in Times Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve on a rainy day in New York City – a few masks spotted among a sea of people taking advantage of the no restriction celebration 

As revelers continue to arrival in Times Square the NYPD posted a 'thank you' to all of 'New York's Finest' who are out there doing their part to ensure the safety of everyone leading up to the New Year's Eve celebration

As revelers continue to arrival in Times Square the NYPD posted a ‘thank you’ to all of ‘New York’s Finest’ who are out there doing their part to ensure the safety of everyone leading up to the New Year’s Eve celebration

As for security, thousands of uniformed officers will be in Times Square. Police will also be present throughout neighborhoods and the subways to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities safely

As for security, thousands of uniformed officers will be in Times Square. Police will also be present throughout neighborhoods and the subways to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities safely

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball was seen being tested in preparation for the December 31 celebration in Times Square on Friday

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball was seen being tested in preparation for the December 31 celebration in Times Square on Friday

Source: Daily Mail UK

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