Top 5 Times Square Events You Should Not Miss
Times Square having been labeled “The Crossroads of the World” encompasses a quintessential vast area in downtown NYC that hosts incredible Times Square events drawing crowds every year. Moreover, Times Square is a place that holds plenty of New York landmarks that are worth visiting for every tourist coming to the city.
1. Times Square New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most famous among Times Square events that draws an average of one million people every year to watch the famous ball drop. The tradition started many years ago in 1907 when a Waterford Crystal ball was lowered to symbolize the beginning of the brand New Year. Ever since then the tradition is continued except the ball now is made out of LED lights to withstand weather elements better.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most watched Times Square events that happen every year on Thanksgiving Day. Thousands of people arrive early to watch this magnificent event and even more people watch it on their television screens, almost 44 millions. Marching bands, inflatable balloons and floats accompanied by live performance of singers and musicians come alive in a spectacular celebration that was happening for the 85th time in 2011.
3. Times Square Kiss In is one of many incredible and romantic Times Square events that is scheduled to occur on August 14th, 2015. This is a regular event that is held every five years in commemoration of the WWII victory and is a reenactment of a timeless moment of a sailor kissing a nurse that was captured in 1945 on the Military Island downtown NYC by a photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. According to witnesses, the sailor was walking downtown NYC and stealing kisses from various women in the joyous celebration of the American victory over Japan. From now on thousands of couples dressed up as sailors and nurses gather at the Times Square to reenact the famous moment and to remember the veterans who served the country and led to the victory. All couples are invited regardless of their religious, political or sexual beliefs.
4. Solstice in Times Square lets all yoga enthusiasts unite in one incredible place in downtown NYC. The message of the next event that will take place on June 20th, 2012 is trying to find peace in the middle of NYC madness. Thousands of yoga lovers will unroll their yoga mats right in the middle of busy streets and follow yoga routines projected on massive screens. Think of it as the biggest yoga class you have ever attended completed with music performances, lots of surprises, freebies and giveaways. The event is the celebration of yoga, peace and tranquility that each of us must find within ourselves.
5. Gay Pride March New York is the celebration of rainbow colored love that is set to take off on June 16th, 2012. Along the joyous part of the celebration there’s a sad part that deals with remembrance of the victims of the infamous Stonewall Riots that took place in 1969. March participants are encouraged to express their sexuality in vivid costumes and entourage and stay away from open nudity.
Did you know that New York Times Square is also a place where hundreds different cultural events are taking place including world famous New York Broadway Shows?