It was a cold and windy night, but a crowd of about 250 people gathered to mark the beginning of the holiday season. Clay was joined by NBA legend Darryl Dawkins for the lighting of the UNICEF snowflake. Each year, the snowflake decorates the holiday sky in New York. The UNICEF Snowflake has become an fixture in New York City during the holiday season. It was handcrafted by German lighting designer Ingo Maurer and is adorned with 16,000 Baccarat crystal prisms. At 23 feet in diameter, over 28 feet in height and weighing 3,300 pounds, the UNICEF Snowflake is the largest outdoor chandelier of its kind. The UNICEF Snowflake is always illuminated for the entire holiday season.
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus entertained that night with holiday carols before Clay Aiken came onto the stage. He was also joined by three young teen aged girls who were the winners of the UNICEF holiday card contest.
Clay gave an impassioned speech about his experiences with UNICEF and joked with the young people on stage. The crowd was supportive and seemed to enjoy the event.
The videos below show Clay’s speech from that evening. He was articulate and seemed so at ease.
A little Clay tease
Speech Part 1
Speech Part 2