Does falling New Year’s Eve confetti in Times Square carry people’s hopes and dreams?

Claim:

The confetti that falls in Times Square on New Year’s Eve carries people’s hopes and dreams, written or printed on every piece of paper. People can write these hopes and dreams on post-its at the Times Square Visitor Center throughout the year.

Valuation:

Mostly true

What’s true

From December 1, 2022 to December 29, 2022, people can write their hopes and dreams on confetti on a Wishing Wall in Times Square—the same confetti that will rain down on Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Until December 28, 2022, people can also submit their entries digitally. But …

What is wrong

There is no year-round opportunity to submit hopes and dreams on post-it notes. The only way to submit them is in the month of December at a designated location or online.

If you have a wish for 2023, it can be a part of the famous New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City’s Times Square, albeit on a small scale. In early December 2022 organizers for the New Year’s Eve party revealed a “wish wall” where people can write their wishes for 2023 on pieces of confetti. The same confetti is thrown over the crowd on New Year’s Eve.

A recent meme falsely claimed that a year-round wall at the visitor center would also allow people to share their hopes and dreams on post-it notes that would later be used as part of the confetti drop on New Year’s Eve. However, submissions are Not accepted year round, contrary to the Pinterest post below:

The wish wall can be found in Manhattan at Times Square Plaza between 46th and 47th streets and will be open every day in December except Christmas Day from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through December 29, 2022. For those who cannot submit requests in person, a digital variant allows submissions via an online form until December 28 at the Times Square websiteor on its sponsor’s website, planet fitness. Digital requests submitted after this date will be saved next the New Year’s celebration of the year.

According to the official website for Times Square:

Whether it’s a personal goal, a dream for the future, or something for the first time, those wishes are added to over a ton of confetti that descends at midnight on the revelers gathering in Times Square to celebrate the New Year to have. Be a part of this magical night by making your wish in person via our mobile wish wall in the squares or by sharing your New Year’s wish with us below or on Twitter and Instagram using #ConfettiWish. We’ll be adding it to the thousands others to be posted across Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve for all the world to see!

This isn’t the first Wishing Wall in Times Square, and according to a report in New York Postit has been published every December since 2007. Around 3,000 pounds of confetti allegedly will rain down on New Year’s Eve at the beginning of 2023. The confetti to shower has been held in Times Square since 1992.

Falling confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve carries people’s hopes and dreams, but there’s no way to submit them via Post-it Notes all year long. Therefore, we rate this claim as “largely true.”

Sources:

“NYE Wishing Wall.” March 17, 2017 Times Square NYC. Dec 13, 2022.

“Wishing Wall in Times Square full of pleas for the end of COVID.” 26 Dec 2020 New York Post. Dec 13, 2022.

“Confetti Wishes.” Planet Fitness, December 13, 2022.

Mestel, Speser. “How to Throw 3,000 Pounds of Confetti in Times Square.” The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2018. NYTimes.com, accessed Dec. 13, 2022.

“Times Square’s ‘Confetti Master’ Reveals His New Year’s Secrets.” ABC7 New York 28 Dec 2021, accessed 13 Dec 2022.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/confetti-times-square-new-years-eve/ Does falling New Year’s Eve confetti in Times Square carry people’s hopes and dreams?

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