CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Around the world, millions of people gather in town centers and city squares to celebrate the coming of the New Year, and it usually includes some sort of pyro-techniques and dropping a wide array of strange objects from high places.
The ball in New York’s Time Square may be the most recognizable symbol. People from around the world squeeze together and brave the cold to celebrate.
For real fun, you have to go to Key West, Florida where you can catch a conch shell dropping or a drag queen descending in a pink high heeled shoe, depending on what you are into.
In Miami, it’s a giant orange called 'Mr. Neon." In Traverse City, Michigan it’s a massive cherry. And in Atlanta, it’s a peach that falls. Admittedly, these are all very ball-like.
But an hour east of Atlanta, things start to get interesting. The folks of Tallapoosa, Georgia drop the last living marsupial in North America, which is a stuffed possum named spencer that’s stitched together by a local taxidermist.
Eastport, Maine lowers a giant sardine, which is a nod to the fishing industry there.
Not one, but two pickles plummet in Mount Olive, North Carolina. And in Shamokin, Pennsylvania a chunk of coal lowers until it becomes a diamond at the bottom.
Many cities drink the cool-aid and use their drops for marketing and promotion.
Indy drops a real Indy car. Country capitol Nashville used to lower a guitar, but changed to a music note to symbolize its new, more well-rounded moniker "Music City"
In Idaho they lower a super-sized spud. And the New Year in Hersey, Pennsylvania wouldn't happen without a colossal kiss.
In Chicago, we do things our own way. We don't drop anything. Our giant ‘Chi-Town’ star rises.
And we’re sure someone somewhere drops the hammer, but we just don't want to be around where they drop the soap.