As 2009 draws to a close, and the new year approaches, nothing can be left to chance. In New York City, preparations for the famous Times Square celebrations included vitally-important aerodynamic tests for… the confetti.
And, for the third year running, Times Square has created a “wishes wall” where revellers can pin up their hopes and dreams for the coming 12 months.
“For the new year, I want happiness and health for my family and for all good people in the world,” said Ukrainian tourist Irene Nazarenko.
Austrian Maria Wieder said: “I wish that my dad can walk again, because he is very sick and he’s going to be healthy again.”
Those wishes, and thousands more like them, will be mixed in with more than a tonne of confetti ready to usher in 2010. Times Square traditionally draws more than a million people for its New Year celebrations. With the organisers pronouncing their confetti fit to fly, it promises to be some party.