How The Times Square New Year’s Ball Gets Assembled

So many sparkly crystals.

1. New Year’s Eve is a few days out, which means it’s time to assemble the Times Square ball.

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2. The ball is covered in 288 of these crystals.

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They’re called New Waterford Crystals.

3. Here’s Kari Clark, wife of the late longtime New Year’s Eve host Dick Clark.

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She was on hand to help put the new crystals on the ball.

4. The triangle-shaped crystals are screwed in together into bigger triangles. SPARKLY.

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5. Then workers put them onto the ball.

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6. Wires are hidden inside.

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7. And then it gets hoisted up.

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