Now that's Christmas is over, it's time to turn your attention to the next big event in Mobile.
The New Year's Eve Celebration with the Moonpie Drop!!!
If you've never been to this amazing event, then you're in for a treat.
The event is held in downtown Mobile and it's great fun for the entire family.
It's filled with fireworks, a laser light show, live music, and a 600 pound Moon Pie!
There's nothing like it on the Gulf Coast.
And you'll only find it here in Mobile, AL., home of the original Mardi Gras.
In this post, you'll find out everything you need to know about the MoonPie Drop in Mobile, Alabama.
What is it?
This New Year's Eve celebration is Mobile's own unique spin on New Year's Eve celebration.
The event gives the families of Mobile to come together in one place and celebrate the new year.
Each year, over 50,000 people visit Downtown Mobile to have fun, laugh, and celebrate the New Year.
The night is filled with activities and music.
Then at midnight, turn your attention to the 600 lb MoonPie and watch it descend from the top of the RSA tower as you ring in the new year. It's an amazing sight and a tribute to the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile.
You may be asking, why a moonpie?
The answer is simple.
There's no better symbol for Mardi Gras than the MoonPie.
You see, Mardi Gras was started in Mobile in 1703.
Over the years, Mardi Gras has spread to cities all over the United States.
And it's become a special time of the year for Mobile, the locals, and the local businesses.
Each year, more than 1 million people flock to Mobile to experience the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras.
During the parades, the MoonPie has become one of the the most popular throws. Tens of thousands of the little cakes are tossed out during the marches and parades.
So it makes perfect sense to celebrate New Years in Mobile with a Moon Pie drop.
About the event
The festivities start off with a cutting of the moon pie.
Around 8:30 pm in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, you'll get to see the cutting of the World’s Largest MoonPie.
At 9PM, there's a second line parade from the Riverview courtyard to the music stages.
Then your New Year's Eve continues with music.
The music starts at 9:30pm with the opening act, The Springs.
The Springs are a country duo with roots in Alabama.
The duo is composed of Stewart Halcomb from Enterprise, Alabama and Holly Helms from New Market, Alabama.
Their song "Are You An Angel" has gone viral online and has received airplay on many radio stations. It is included on a multi-artist album entitled Christian Country Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The Springs' debut CD, Teens On A Mission, was released in 2008.
The main music headliner this year during the MoonPie Drop is the famous George Clinton.
George Clinton is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His band Parliament-Funkadelic helped form funk music during the 1970s and early 1980s.
George Clinton is regarded, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
You can catch his unique style of music in Downtown Mobile on New Year's Eve.
George Clinton is scheduled to take the stage at 11pm.
And, of course, at Midnight, you'll turn your attention to the RSA Tower and watch as the 600 lb. Moon Pie replica drops down as you countdown to the beginning of 2018.
It's fun for all!
Here's the official schedule for New Year's Eve, courtesy of www.mobilenewyear.com:
8:00 - Beer Garden Opens in Bienville Square, Dauphin Street side
Food trucks on Bienville Square
Resolution Wall and Original Giant MoonPie for photos
8:30 - Cutting of the World’s Largest MoonPie in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Music by Port City Second Liners
9:00 - Second Line Parade from the Riverview Courtyard to the main stage. The public is encouraged to join in! The Chattanooga Moonpie 100th anniversary RV will bring up the rear
9:25 - Remarks from Mayor Stimpson, Councilman Fred Richardson, Sponsor
9:30 - Opening Act: The Springs
11:00 - Headliner: George Clinton
Midnight - MoonPie Drops, Fireworks and Laser Light Show
So join us in Downtown Mobile for the New Year's Eve MoonPie Drop!
It's fun for the entire family!
MOONPIE OVER MOBILE
New Years Eve
December 31st, 2017
Midnight - MoonPie Drops
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And don't forget to drop by Toomey's Mardi Gras to grab all your Mardi Gras throws and trinkets.
For over 40 years, Toomey's Mardi Gras has been serving Mardi Gras along the Gulf Coast and all over the world. There's a reason why we been in business so long – because of customers like you.
Each year we're blessed with returns visits from our regular customers and organizations who are looking for great deals and the hottest new throws like these light up trinkets.
So if you're looking for the latest and greatest in throws, then you'll want to stop in at Toomey's this Mardi Gras season.