Despite the rain that will continue for the next few hours, Times Square is packed with the traditional Ball Drop party, the descent of a giant crystal ball at midnight, with a 60-second countdown. After two years of restrictions due to the pandemic, the arena has returned to full capacity under the “first come, first served” principle (first come, first served).

The party is scheduled for around 6pm local time (midnight in Italy), when the ball will be hoisted over Times Square. The stage will be performed by two young songwriters, 24-year-old Chelsea Cutler and 21-year-old Jefki. She also attended the China-American Friendship Society and the New Dance Troupe. American networks will broadcast the evening live. Other major US cities are also planning parties and fireworks to celebrate the advent of the New Year, which will embrace six time zones in the United States.

Christmas Island, or even Kiritimati, an atoll in the Tropical Sporades Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, was the first to welcome the new year, followed by New Zealand which began its celebrations of the arrival of 2023. From Sydney to Rome, all the major world capitals are preparing for the new year and will see crowds Bigger this year as anti covid restrictions were lifted.

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