Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Watch Times Square Ball Drop Online, on TV

Watch Times Square Ball Drop Online, on TV

Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square Monday along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop, fireworks and a blizzard of confetti.

TV watchers can join in the celebration by tuning in to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, which airs on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Watch above, via the official Times Square website. Umbrellas are banned for security reasons.

In a Friday press release, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, both organizers of the bash, announced that "the group will appear on stage with the Committee to Protect Journalists just before midnight to push the crystal button that signals the lowering of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball".

Visitors began gathering inside penned-off enclosures in the morning, starting an hours-long marathon of standing in one place, with no access to public restrooms. Plastic ponchos were allowed, with street vendors selling them for up to $10 on nearby avenues.

The New York Police Department screened people entering the corrals, deployed sharpshooters on rooftops and used radiation detectors throughout the event.

Revellers celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan New York on Dec 31 2018
Watch Times Square Ball Drop Online, on TV

It will also use an aerial drone for the first time to monitor the crowds. "There's something magical about NY during this time of year".

Revelers celebrate after the ball drop during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on January 1, 2016 in NY.

"Throughout the year it's been a big issue", Tompkins said in an interview. This year, the event will be co-hosted by Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg.

Among those named by Time as "The Guardians" were Ressa, Khashoggi, and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar for investigating how the country's security forces killed members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority.

The live stream footage of the Times Square ball drop is courtesy the Times Square Alliance/Countdown Entertainment. The other was the mass shooting in June in the newsroom of The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, in which five employees were killed.

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