Times Square Ball Drop 2019 : The confetti and ball drop have been tested and security is in place as Times Square counts down to 2019.
Monday night’s New Year’s Eve celebration at the crossroads of the world is one of the biggest parties in the world, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.
“This is the absolute place to be for New Year’s Eve,” said Brandon Cline of Atlanta. ”There’s no experience like this.”
“I can’t wait,” added Jill Cline. “What we’ve seen so far is just really spectacular.”
The Clines are preparing to experience the magic for the very first time. Their niece and her husband have been to Times Square three times before.
“We got in a pen, it was crazy,” said Megan Guerra of Tampa, Florida. “We stood out until midnight… 15 hours. No bathrooms, no eating, but it was the time of our lives. It’s magic.”
There will be plenty of security in place: Uniformed and plain-clothed officers will be positioned on the ground and on rooftops, along with 1,200 cameras rolling on the crowds.
For the first time the NYPD will be deploying drones for extra eyes in the sky, but Police Commissioner James O’Neill said revelers shouldn’t be concerned.
“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events in one of the safest venues in the entire world,” he said.
The only unplanned hitch will be the rain. It is expected to fall before the confetti, but organizers said not to worry.