New Year's Eve is in the air! Confetti rains down on people in Times Square during the air-worthiness test. Tara Cleary reports.
The countdown to Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations continue with the confetti test. Every year thousands of pieces of colorful paper are tossed into the air over the heads of hundreds of delighted people, a few days ahead of the December 31st celebrations. SOUNDBITE: Carolyn Vargas, tourist from Oklahoma, saying (English): "It's absolutely incredible! We're from Oklahoma, so this just doesn't happen there." SOUNDBITE: Sharon, tourist from Pennsylvania, saying (English): "We're celebrating New Year's Eve today!" Times Square Alliance's president, Tim Tompkins, says the confetti has to be air worthy and this year, the cast of Aladdin helped with the test. SOUNDBITE: Tim Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance, saying (English): "There are these crazy wind patterns in New York City and especially on 42nd Street. So they were going up, down and sideways and it was great. It was flying almost as well as the magic carpet in Aladdin." The Broadway musical is the sponsor of the Times Square New Year's Eve confetti wishes. SOUNDBITE: Tim Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance, saying (English): "The most special thing, as you see behind me, they have people's wishes written on them. Wishes for the New Year. Alone in Times Square, four thousand people filled out wishes on pieces of confetti and you can also do it online at TimesSquareNYC.org." About one ton of confetti will be tossed onto an estimated one million-strong crowd in New York City's Times Square on New Year's Eve.