Times Square's Confetti Is Made Of People's Actual Dreams

By Karen Harris
Confetti rains down on New Year's Eve partygoers. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

When the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on New Year's Eve, between 3,000 and 4,000 lbs. of confetti will rain down on the revelers packed into New York City's Times Square. It's an essential component of the festivities, but we take the confetti for granted. It turns out that it holds as many secrets and ambitions as every head that it hits and inevitably gets stuck on until the second week of January. Let's look at some of the behind-the-scenes facts about the shreds of paper that get dumped on the residents of New York City every year, including how you, too, can turn your hopes and dreams into Times Square's confetti.