Dec. 28 - The New Year's Eve countdown begins as the final Waterford Crystal panels are installed in the famous ball high above New York's Times Square. Tara Cleary reports.
Times Square's famous ball gets its annual makeover. Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment says each year the ball gets new crystals, with a unique theme. SOUNDBITE: Jeffrey Straus, President, Countdown Entertainment, saying (English): "This year's theme is 'Let There Be Friendship', which is all about people holding hands. It's really a wonderful design. It's a beautiful design and each year Waterford actually changes 288 of the triangles. So this year is 'Let There Be Friendship'. Last year was 'Let There Be Love'. It really is a whole patchwork of our hopes and dreams on that Times Square Ball." Stars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber will entertain some one million revelers in Times Square. And at midnight, the ball - with its 2,688 crystals -- will descend to herald in the New Year. Tara Cleary, Reuters