While Manhattan may host the NYE Time Square Ball Drop, here in the South we tend to take it a step further by ringing in the New Year with a MoonPie, pickle, red stick and more.
- Over in Louisiana, New Orleans welcomes in 2014 with an eight-foot tall Fleur de Lis that descends from atop Jax Brewery in Jackson Square. In Baton Rouge, the New Year is ushered in with the dropping of a red stick in Baton Rouge, La., during their Red Stick Revelry celebration. The nine-foot tall, LED-illuminated red stick will ease its way down from a 30-foot pole located at the top of the beacon at North Boulevard Town Square.
- MoonPie Over Mobile marks both the start of 2014 and Mardi Gras season in Mobile, Ala. The 12-foot tall electronic MoonPie makes its way down the 34-story RSA Trustmark building. In the northern part of the state, Delta, Ala., Cheaha State Park is hosting a lighted turkey ball drop. The ball is set to descend from the tower, the highest point in the state.
- In Tennessee, it is all about honoring the music to welcome in the New Year. In Memphis, 2014 arrives with the dropping of the 10-foot Gibson Guitar Drop at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. Nashville welcomes in the New Year with a 15-foot tall red music note known as the “Music Drop" during the city's New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway.
- A peach in Atlanta, celebrating its 25th year, isn’t the only item dropped to ring in the New Year in Georgia. In Tallapoosa, there is the Possum Drop. McDonough is hosting the third annual Geranium Drop. The city of Macon features a Cherry Blossom Ball Drop, which is expected from the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.
- Along Florida’s panhandle, you’ll find the Pelican Drop in downtown Pensacola. The 14-tall pelican with a 20-footwing span welcomes in 2014. In Panama City Beach, you can join in the action at Pier Park for the Beach Ball Drop with the release 10,000 inflated beach balls at 8 p.m. As it gets closer to midnight, the countdown is on for the 800-pound glowing beach to make its 100-foot descent to 2014. Down in south Florida, celebrate the New Year with the Big Orange Drop. Watch from Bayside Marketplace as the 35-foot neon orange begins its descent to ring in 2014.
- Welcome in 2014 at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island with the first annual Golf Ball Drop. The ball is set to descend from the Harbour Town Lighthouse.
- North Carolina just might be home to some of the more interesting drops in the South. There’s the Opossum Drop at Clay's Corner in Brasstown, the opossum capital of the world. The town of Mt. Olive celebrates New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m., which is midnight Greenwich Mean Time. And of course, being Mt. Olive there’s a pickle involved. Living up to its nickname, “City of Oaks,” Raleigh’s drop is a <a giant acorn.
- Dress up or come as you are the the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade on Chincoteague Island, Va. Ring in the 2014 as the sparkling horseshoe drops.