Mobile Preps for the Moon Pie Drop

Mobile Preps for the Moon Pie Drop

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MOBILE, Ala. - The main stage is set and sound checks are underway as the Port City prepares to to ring in the New Year.

"I was out here yesterday watching them setup up and a lot of fun down here in downtown Mobile," said Mark Strasey.

At the stoke of midnight a 12 foot tall mechanical Moon Pie will descend. City leaders says it's a much welcomed spotlight.

"You see we are already in the O magazine. They named six cities with spectacular events and you can see Mobile is right in the center of it. We gon' have a laser light show. We gon' have fireworks and at the stroke of midnight the Moon Pie is gonna land. It's going to be an exciting event downtown," said City Councilman Fred Richardson.

"The last 35 minutes of our evening will be broadcast live on 20 T.V. stations, so it's wonderful exposure for the city of Mobile and an opportunity for us to sale ourselves as a great tourist destination," said Carol Hunter.

Vendors are also ready. I found a few stationed at Bienville Square.

"It brings in an excellent crowd. You know it starts off my year, you know after this comes Mardi Gras," said Charlie "Chef C" Welch.

With the cold weather, Serda's Coffee shop on Royal Street will have a few more people on staff.

"We are probably going to be slinging lots of hot chocolates. Usually it's packed put in here and we love it, we always have good time," said Maddy Gavaletz.

Last year almost 70 thousand people flooded downtown Mobile for the moon pie drop, with that comes an increased police presence. Mobile police says celebratory gunfire is illegal.

"We certainly consider celebratory gunfire as being a hazard to the community and so it won't be tolerated, but the event itself, and conduct that is hazardous won't be tolerated," said Chief Jim Barber.

Link to local New Year's Eve Festivities

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