Mobile, AL has celebrated New Year's Eve with the dropping of a giant MoonPie since 2008. Lot's of communities imitate the Times Square ball with their own object of regional import. Chincoteague, VA has a giant horseshoe, Flagstaff, AZ has a big pinecone, and Prairie du Chien, WI drops a normal sized, real dead carp. No, really.
MoonPies are more popular in Mobile than any other city, with more than four million consumed here, annually. They also play a large role as "throws" in our Mardi Gras celebration. Given all that, having a giant, 12-foot-tall MoonPie descend the pole for the New Year's countdown was a natural choice.
And its not even the only giant MoonPie involved in our New Year's celebrations.
The MoonPie that descends the pole at midnight just a big sign. The REAL giant MoonPie is a 154 pound behemoth, created every year by the Chattanooga Bakery
. In fact, the cutting and serving of the giant MoonPie kicks off the evening's celebrations!
Other attractions at MoonPie Over Mobile include a beer garden and food trucks in Bienville Square, and plenty of live music. A second-line parade led by the Excelsior Band
follows the cutting of the giant MoonPie and this year's headliners are Sister Sledge