New York, Jan 1 (EFE) .- Tens of thousands of people, up to one million according to the organizers, said goodbye to the year and welcomed 2020 in the iconic Times Square square in New York, with the classic descent of the ball of glass and the already essential song 'Imagine' by John Lennon, performed by 'X Ambassadors'.
This alternative rock band from New York closed the evening by singing the emblematic song, performed just before the ball slid down the pole that holds it during the last sixty seconds of 2019. Then the iconic song by Frank Sinatra 'sounded. New York, New York '.
Between shouts and expressions of joy, the sphere of more than three and a half meters in diameter, five tons of weight and 32,256 led bulbs was dropped accompanied by a pyrotechnic show and a rain of 1,360 kilograms of confetti papers, many of which They had engraved wishes written by those who visited Times Square the last days of the year.RELATED
From before noon and between strong security measures – for the first time drones guarded the area -, the participants gathered to celebrate the event, which was not allowed to enter with backpacks, large bags or umbrellas, despite the rain He appeared for a moment.
A food chain sold pizzas by phone for $ 30, twice as usual, whose workers could access the premises to search their exhausted customers by mobile.
The long wait of the attendees, who did not have public toilets – some usually go with diapers to endure so many hours -, was initially enlivened by the performance of the veteran group of the Village People and their popular song YMCA, to which He followed the performances of LL Cool J., Julianne Hough, Alains Morissette, X Ambassadors, Sam Hunt, Jos Favelas and the Mariachi Sol de México, BTS, Pedro Capo, Lauren Alaina, Post Malone.
All this transmitted live by the main television networks of the United States, such as ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN.
Since 1996, all the mayors of the city have had the privilege of pressing the ball button together with celebrities and public figures who are chosen for their contribution or importance within a given community, so this year the protagonist has been a again Bill de Blasio.
The celebrations were accompanied by strict security measures, with records at all points of entry and special anti-terrorist forces deployed in the adjoining streets, which began to restrict pedestrian crossing and traffic from 4.00 a.m. local time.
The massive end of the year party in Times Square is world famous and, despite the cold, many people around the world travel to New York expressly to witness the event.
The celebrations in that square have been celebrated for 112 years, while the descent of the sphere, which has become an icon, has been taking place since 1907.
They were the owners of The New York Times newspaper, which in 1904 began celebrating the entrance of the year on the roof of their building, located in Times Square, who in 1907 began using an illuminated sphere to mark the change of the year. EFE
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