How 3,000 pounds of confetti reaches Times Square for the New Year’s Eve ball drop

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Times Square in New York City is one of the most iconic — if hectic — places to ring in the new year. Nearly 1 million people pack in tightly to watch the ball drop at midnight.

But the massive and highly coordinated event, which takes place over multiple blocks of the city, is hardly an overnight operation.

A key element to the festivities: the colorful snowfall of confetti. For two decades, that’s been the job of Treb Heining, a Los Angeles balloon artist who has orchestrated massive balloon and confetti displays for the likes of Disney, NBC and the Olympics. Days before Dec. 31, he’s hard at work in Times Square, working with a team of people to set up everything for the big night. Come New Year’s Eve, more than 100 people will be on hand to shower the area in confetti. Read more…

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