Mobile’s mantra is “Born to Celebrate,” which makes New Year’s Eve a pretty exciting time. At midnight, you can witness a 600-pound electric MoonPie drop from the sky, complete with fireworks and a laser light show.
Why a MoonPie? Though New Year’s Eve is special around here, Mobile’s big claim to fame is that it’s home to America’s original Mardi Gras. In the mid-1900s, locals started tossing sticky-sweet (but still-wrapped!) MoonPies from their Mardi Gras floats. Spectators went crazy for them and today an estimated half-million pies get tossed during an average Carnival season. Since Mobile loves a good party – and consumes more MoonPies per capita than anywhere else (including the pies’ hometown of Chattanooga) -- its citizens decided to create the world’s largest electric MoonPie to help them usher in each new year.
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