Numerals Arrive At Times Square For 2013 New Years Eve Countdown

9:59 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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The number 13 arrives at Times Square for the 2013 New Years Eve Countdown, at Times Square on December 19, 2012 in New York City (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - Times Square officials have gathered good luck charms to accompany the unlucky number 13 that will light up when the ball drops on New Year's Eve.

The 7-foot-tall sign in the shape of the number 13 arrived in New York City's iconic tourist attraction on Wednesday. The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/YnKQWv ) that 13 good luck charms will be installed along with the sign atop One Times Square for the celebration that will ring in the year 2013.

The charms include a four-leaf clover, gold coins and a Buddha statue. Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins says officials want to assuage the fears of any superstitious revelers.

More than 1 billion people are expected to watch the New Year's Eve festivities in telecasts and newscasts.