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City – Frigid temperatures did not keep revelers from packing Times Square for
2018 crystal ball drop. The second
coldest on record with10-degree temperatures at midnight. An estimate million people lined the
street. Partygoers had extra layers of
clothes, face masks and hand warmers as many came as early as 10 in the morning
to secure their positions. Prior preparations by all New York's finest had tight
security covered on the ground and air to give a complete successful evening for welcoming in the New Year.
Mariah Carey came back to redeem herself after
last year’s performance at Times Square fell short. This year for New Years Eve 2018 Carey fully
redeemed herself with two songs; “Vision of Love” and “Hero.” Other performances New Years Eve; Andy
Grammer, Sugarland, Lauren Alaina, Camila Cabello, Chyno Miranda, Antonique
Smith, Nick Jonas, Neil Diamond
Las Vegas, Nevada – Registration is
now open for the largest playground for Wedding & Portrait Photography
International (WPPI) in North America Offers World Class Education,
Experiential Events, Innovative Technologies, and Community Networking. The Conference and Expo at the Mandalay Bay
Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas is February 25-28, 2018. At its core, WPPI creates a unique and interactive learning experience for attendees
by addressing the latest trends
in wedding/portrait photography with programming focused on Newborn
Photography, Photo Booths, Filmmaking, School/Sports Photography, and several
classes focused on the business of photography. In addition to more than 40 Platform
Classes, WPPI offers more intense learning environments through its PLUS and
Master Classes and Photo Walks.
year, the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers, experts, and
retailers in the world for photography and video display and demonstrate the
latest technology at WPPI’s three-day expo. This is the largest collection of
industry manufacturers and suppliers for professional, amateur, and emerging
wedding and portrait photographers anywhere in North America.
– The Rockefeller Center and surrounding blocks were totally filled with
revelers for the 85th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch
surrounded by the Rockettes, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker. The tree lighting performers included Harry
Connick Jr., Seal, Train, Brett Eldredge, Pentatonix, The Tenors and others.
Norway Spruce stood 75 feet tall, weighed 12-tons and was donated by Jason
Perrin, State College, Pennsylvania.
Swarovski Star was placed at the top of the Norway Spruce tree and
adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets. The tree will be lit every day until January
7th. The Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Security was tighter this year with more
areas restricted as well as extra screening.
City – The Upper West Side was packed with holiday revelers enjoying a full
evening of festive activities. Weather was mild allowing families to have their
children embrace the excitement of the holiday event. Taking the stage was Micky Dolenz the voice from
The Monkees as headliner. Lea Salonga
from Broadway’s “Once On This Island” lead the lineup with members of the
Metropolitan Opera. The celebration’s
formal kickoff began with a tree lighting ceremony in Dante Park on the Upper West Side lead by Amy
Micky Dolenz, The Monkees
festival had a large variety of events for all to enjoy. The always-entertaining stilt-walkers
enlightened everyone with their amazing ability and agility to walk through
crowds and give a creative performance as they walked through the festival. Vendors were serving food from over 30 of Lincoln
Square’s top eateries. Ice Sculpturing
took place in front of the Time Warner Center.
Domes Tree Farm from Bliss, New york installed the 27ft Concolor Fir.
City – The temperature was colder at the start of the parade but that did not
keep spectators away from enjoying the largest Thanksgiving Parade in the
country. The winds were low so that the
balloons could be flown at normal expected height for all to be amazed of the
size as they came down the parade route.
Estimation of over 3.5 million people lined the parade route. This year featured new balloons such as Olaf
from the movie “Frozen” and from “Paw Patrol” Chase, a new version of the
Grinch of Dr. Seuss stories.
floats had celebrities as Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Wyclef
Jean, Flo Rida. Marching bands from
different parts of the country and the long awaited Santa Claus closed the
successful parade event. The route is 2
½ miles long and traveled down Central Park West from 77 street to Columbus
Circle, along Central Park South to 6th Avenue to 34 Street and
ending at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Security was extra tight to keep everyone
safe to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
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