NEW YORK (AP) – New York City has welcomed the New Year – and is bidding for 2021 – as New Year’s Eve traditionally spreads across Times Square, returning to a city plagued by global epidemics.
New Year parade around the world, time zone, time zone, And thousands of New Year’s Eve spectators stood shoulder-to-shoulder to watch the 6-ton ball, packed with nearly 2,700 Waterford crystals, and descended above the crowd of about 15,000 live spectators – much less than many tens of thousands of spectators. The lights of the nation’s New Year’s Eve event and the delights of bathing in the Hoofla usually descend on the world famous square.
It did so as a restless nation sought to rally hope that the worst days of the epidemic were now behind it – despite public health officials warning on Friday against uncontrolled celebrations amid rising COVID-19 infections from the Omigran variant.
The ball was closed to the public last year due to an epidemic.
As the ball fell and the streets erupted with excitement, Maya Sharm, a visiting dog trainer from New Jersey, realized that 2021 had collapsed.
“It’s a sign of a return to normal,” he said minutes after the midnight stroke.
“I hope this year will be different,” said his colleague Brandon Allen. “We already have that consistency. We know what’s going on – there’s a new strain now – but at this point it’s like we’ve been through it for two years.
Although the crowd was small, the crowd roared as people traveled from far and wide to attend. Confetti is lit by electronic billboards in a light breeze on a mild winter night in New York City.
Mary Gonzalez stood a few feet behind a crowd and wanted to keep her distance from anyone unknowingly carrying the virus.
“I’m glad the year 2021 is over because it caused a lot of problems for everyone,” said Gonzalez, a visitor from Mexico City who wanted to take on an American heritage. “We hope 2022 will be much better than this year.”
The clock was ticking past midnight and the annual ball was held at the start of the new year, usually commemorated with champagne corks, pints, cheerful warmth and hope for the best of times to come.
Times Square is often referred to as the world’s crossroads, and city officials have urged Marquez to hold a New Year’s Eve event to demonstrate the city’s resilience in the face of a resurgence of the corona virus.
But 2022 starts just like the previous year – the epidemic is already covering up an uncertain future.
Although some cities, such as Atlanta, have decided to cancel their own celebrations, it is doubtful whether the city will be able to cancel the language this year, as the city has recorded a record number of COVID-19 cases in the days leading up to it.
COVID-19 cases in the United States are at an all-time high On average more than 265,000 a day. New York City recorded the number of new, confirmed cases – nearly 44,000 – on Wednesday and a similar number on Thursday, according to New York State figures.
Officials advised visitors to wear masks and show proof of vaccination. Organizers initially hoped more than 50,000 cheerleaders could join, but plans were dramatically reduced due to widespread infections.
Rap artist and actor LL Cool J was supposed to be one of the stage climbers in Times Square on Friday night, but he announced his departure from the event because he tested positive for COVID-19.
But Mayor Bill de Blasio, who relinquished oversight of the nation’s most populous city at midnight, said the festivities in Times Square would “show the world that New York City is fighting our way”.
New York City’s incoming mayor Eric Adams took office in Times Square As soon as the ball fell. In order to ensure the flexibility of the city, he previously appeared on the main stage for a while.
“It’s great when New York shows the whole country how we’re coming back,” he said. “We showed the whole world what we created. We are incredible. This is an incredible city, believe me, we are ready for a big comeback because this is New York.
That sense of hope was with ordinary people.
“I look back, I see this as a kind of stressful year, but it wasn’t a scary year,” said Lynn Cafarshio, who dared the crowd to attend the festivities with her husband Pete.
A New York City tour guide, he was unemployed for a spell as the economy closed and tourism fell.
“We are excited that 2021 will end soon, but next year will be very positive,” he said.
Although the crowd was small, people gathered for the block to watch the ball fall.
Nursing student Ashley Ochoa and her boyfriend, Jose Avelar, traveled from Central Valley, California, especially to Times Square.
“COVID stopped me a lot of things,” Ochoa said, “but I’m here today, and that’s why I am grateful.”
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