Celebrity Justice? Sotomayor to Drop 2014 Ball on Times Square

Reuters is reporting that SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be push the button that will  drop the 2014  ball on Times Square in New York City.

Sotomayor will be the first Supreme Court justice to get the honor.

From the Press Release:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Will Be Special Guest for New Year’s Eve Times Square

ball-countdownU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Will Push Ceremonial Button to Lower the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and Welcome 2014

Times Square, N.Y. (Sunday, December 29, 2013)—Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will push the Waterford Crystal button to signal the lowering of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at 11:59 p.m. on December 31st. She will also lead revelers in the final 60 second countdown to 2014. The announcement was made today by the co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square—Times Square Alliance and
Countdown Entertainment.

A native of the Bronx, Justice Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009.  She was the third woman and first Hispanic to be appointed to the highest court in the United

“Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to many, and it is a privilege to welcome her to our celebration to ring in 2014,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins. “Who better to join us in the Crossroads of the World than one of New York’s own?”

“We are honored to have Justice Sotomayor join us as our special guest this year to lead the 60-second countdown to the New Year,” said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment. “She is an inspiration to everyone determined to achieve their dreams in 2014.”

 

About Times Square New Year’s Eve
The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life.  Countdown Entertainment represents the owners of One Times Square and the New Year’s Eve Ball.

 

For more information about Times Square New Year’s Eve, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org.
To join the Times Square New Year’s Eve conversation on Twitter, follow #BallDrop.

New Year’s Eve Schedule

THE EVENT

 

3:00 p.m.
The Revelers

Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. By approximately 3:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections. As one section fills up, the revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.

 

6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.
Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. The Event Organizers will be joined by representatives of the Philips Lighting Company to flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

 

6:04 p.m. to 6:14 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies – Chinese Cultural Performance

The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) presents a spectacular Chinese cultural performance from Shandong, the home of Confucius and Kung Fu celebrated with a colorful fan dance to begin the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. The performance is on the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets. The Chinese cultural performance will conclude with red and gold pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

 

6:15 p.m. to 6:18 p.m.
Nivea Vignette #1

Nicole Ryan introduces Nivea Vignette #1 on the Nivea Kiss Stage at Turn Lane Island between 45th and 46th Streets.

 

6:20 p.m.
Times Square 2013 Hats, Balloons and Scarves

The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew clad in bright red uniforms begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year.   Nivea is providing festive blue New Year’s Eve hats and blue balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons along with useful Nivea Lip Care product to keep our lips looking and feeling beautiful for that magical kiss at midnight. The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves and The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ movie is providing mittens to keep us warm through the night.

 

6:58 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Webcast Correspondents

Our host, Allison Hagendorf, introduces the Times Square 2014 webcast reveler correspondents Jeremy Hassell and Andrea Boehlke who will be on the street bringing us the emotional, spiritual and just good ole fun stories of the people who make the pilgrimage from around the world to be at the Crossroads of the World on December 31st. They will read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. After the countdown, a Happy New Year video message from Andrew Garfield will be featured.

 

7:02 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.
Nivea Vignette #2

Nicole Ryan introduces Nivea Vignette #2 on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

7:58 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 8 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Anderson will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year. After the countdown, a Happy New Year video message from Dane DeHaan will be featured.

 

8:17 p.m. to 8:27 p.m.
FNC’s “All American New Year”: Musical Performance by Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins performs on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

8:33 p.m. to 8:39 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Musical Performance by Icona Pop

Icona Pop performs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.

 

8:52 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Waterford Crystal Toast

 

8:58 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Elisabeth Hasselbeck & Bill Hemmer

As we approach the New Year, Elisabeth Hasselbeck & Bill Hemmer will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 9 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Elisabeth & Bill will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wishes for the New Year. After the countdown, a Happy New Year video message from Stan Lee will be featured.

9:15 p.m. to 9:24 p.m.
Musical Performance by Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge performs on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

9:31 p.m. to 9:38 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Musical Performance by Blondie

Blondie performs a medley of her hit songs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.

 

9:47 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.
Toshiba and NASA Happy New Year Message

 

9:52 p.m. to 9:55 p.m.
Nivea Vignette #3

Nicole Ryan introduces Nivea Vignette #3 on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

9:57 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Spider-Man

As we approach the New Year, Spider-Man joined by Marc Webb, the Director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ movie will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 10 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Marc will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year. After the countdown, a Happy New Year video message from Emma Stone will be featured.

 

10:01 p.m. to 10:11 p.m.
Univision’s “¡Feliz 2014!: Musical Performance by El Dasa

El Dasa performs on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

10:17 p.m. to 10:19 p.m.
Nivea Vignette #4

Nicole Ryan introduces Nivea Vignette #4 on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

10:20 p.m. to 10:23 p.m.
Moet & Chandon Toast

 

10:37 p.m. to 10:44 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Musical Performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform on the Nivea Countdown Stage.

 

10:50 p.m. to 10:53 p.m.
Exclusive Times Square Clip From The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ movie

 

10:58 p.m. to 11:01 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina

As we approach the New Year, Raul de Molina will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 11 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Raul will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year. After the countdown, a Happy New Year video message from Jamie Foxx will be featured.

 

11:02 p.m. to 11:11 p.m.
Univision’s “¡Feliz 2014!: Musical Performance by Jencarlos Canela

Jencarlos Canela performs on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

11:15 p.m. to 11:18 p.m.
The Associated Press Presents 2013 Year End News Highlights

The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization, presents a news reel highlighting some of the memorable events of 2013.

 

11:27 p.m. to 11:32 p.m.
The USO Show Troupe Performance

The USO Show Troupe performs their popular A Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces on the Nivea Kiss Stage.

 

11:39 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Musical Performance by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus performs a medley of her hit songs on the Nivea Countdown Stage.

 

11:52 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Special Performance of Uprising Of Love and Imagine  by Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge performs at the Nivea Kiss Stage just before midnight.

 

11:59 p.m.
The Sixty-Second Countdown

The Times Square 2014 Special Guest pushes the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year on the Nivea Countdown Stage.

 

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.

 

12:00 a.m. — New Year’s Day
2014 Sign

At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2014” burst to life shining high above Times Square.

 

Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects
The world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects.

 

12:15 a.m.
End of Show

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