Many cities usher in New Year’s Day with the countdown descent of a representative icon. Key West drops a queen conch shell and Atlanta drops a peach. For the past eight years, the Azalea City has celebrated the birth of the New Year by dropping a giant, electrified moonpie from the RSA Trustmark Building. Over the years, MoonPie Over Mobile has brought tens of thousands of revelers to the streets of downtown Mobile to watch the city’s iconic pastry fall during the countdown for the incoming year.
While the various bars and venues will be providing a plethora of entertainment, the city of Mobile and the Downtown Mobile Alliance use MoonPie Over Mobile as an excuse to turn downtown into one big street party featuring musical performances and the holiday’s festive spirit.
Over the years, MoonPie Over Mobile has featured artists such as En Vogue, The Commodores, The Village People and Gretchen Wilson. This year, organizers want the crowd to hold on loosely with classic rockers .38 Special.
The Southern rock outfit from Jacksonville, Florida, has spent the past the past 40 years gathering a dedicated following. In the ‘80s, .38 Special broke onto the national scene with hits such as “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up in You.” Their MoonPie Over Mobile set should be an exhilarating experience that will add to the building excitement of the moonpie drop.
Festivities will begin at 9:15 p.m. with the traditional cutting of the world’s largest edible moonpie. In true Mobile fashion, the moonpie cutting will be followed by a second-line parade that will travel from Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel to the main stage.
After a performance by the soon-to-be announced opening act, headliner .38 Special will take the stage. The set will end with “Auld Lang Syne” and an epic display of fireworks and lasers.
For more information, visit www.mobilenewyear.com.
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