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Discussion in 'The Loading Dock' started by EnglishLady, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. EnglishLady

    EnglishLady New Member

    The Times Square ball gets all the publicity, but it's not the only thing being dropped on Dec. 31 -- and we're not talking bad habits.

    Seems like almost every city -- big and small -- marks the new year by dropping something from a tall building or a crane


    For instance, the city of Memphis, Tenn., will honor its musical heritage and the beginning of 2011 by dropping a giant illuminated Les Paul guitar from scaffolding alongside the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street

    Meanwhile, Traverse City, Mich., the self-proclaimed cherry capital of the world, will drop a giant cherry for the second year in a row.

    Chatham, Mass., also has plans to hook people to its New Year's celebration. Ever since 2007, the festivities have been highlighted by having a giant cod drop down to signal the new year.

    Lebanon, Pa., will ring in the new year by dropping a 7-foot-long bologna from a tall building

    •Residents of Mobile, Ala., will witness the plunge of a lighted 12-foot, 600-pound MoonPie

    Port Clinton, Ohio, residents will celebrate at midnight when a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass walleye fish

    Eastport, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada, will have an international flavor to their New Year's parties. Eastport shares a bay with the Canadian province and during the annual New Year's Eve celebration, a giant red maple leaf is lowered from the top floor window of a museum in downtown Eastport at 11 p.m. local time to ring in the Canadian New Year. Then at midnight an 8-foot-long, realistically painted wooden sardine drops from the window to ring in the American New Year.

    •Key West, Fla., has two big droppings to ring in the new year; Schooner Wharf will drop a pirate wench into the ocean at 12 sharp, and a drag queen named Sushi will drop from one end of the town in the other in a pair of high-heeled shoes.

    Atlanta drops a giant 800-pound peach at midnight


    Sadly, not every city will be able to celebrate the end of 2010 by dropping a giant something from the sky. Nashville, Ga., planned to drop a 1,000-pound cotton ball, but a spokeswoman says the event was canceled because none of the downtown buildings can handle something that heavy
     

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