New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop 2013 [Live Stream] Features New Design, Miley Cyrus, Justice Sotomayor and More

By Ruth

For those who want to ring in the new year at the world's most famous venue, Times Square has its ball drop event waiting for you this New Year's eve.
But if you would prefer not to risk your life crowding against thousands of people for hours, the annual event will also be available for live stream. (Link below)

The giant New Year's Eve Ball this year, covered with 2,688 crystal triangles and lit from within by 32,256 LED lights, will be dropped from the flagpole atop One Times Square as a million people gather for the countdown.

The countdown will be initiated by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is set to press the button for the ball to descend at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

“Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to many, and it is a privilege to welcome her to our celebration to ring in 2014,” Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said in a statement.
“Who better to join us in the Crossroads of the World than one of New York’s own."

The ball drop will be preceded by performances by Blondie, Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with Melissa Etheridge set to sing John Lennon’s "Imagine."

The New Year's Eve Ball for Times Square 2014 will sport a new design for all of its Waterford Crystal triangles, "Gift of Imagination."

The triangles will feature intricate wedge cuts that appear to be endless mirrored reflections of each other inspiring our imagination with a kaleidoscope of colorful patterns on the Ball, Times Square NYC website states.

The tradition to drop the ball started back in 1907, with an iron sphere covered with 100 light bulbs.

The last ball has been used since New Year's Eve on 2009. After the countdown, the ball stays at the top of One Times Square till the following year.

The live stream will be available starting at 5:55 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 31.
Here is the Live stream video for 2014 New Year's Eve #BallDrop:

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