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Our Top 5 Favorite NYE Ball Drops Around the South

Our Top 5 Favorite NYE Ball Drops Around the South

New Year’s Eve is a night of celebrations and fun… but sometimes the ball drops themselves are more entertaining than anything else! Here’s OUR Top 5 Favorites from around the South:


5- The Nut Drop in Dothan, Alabama

I have no words, but it would seem New Years came a little early for the Peanut Drop tonight 🙈🙈🙈

Posted by Benjamin Irwin on Saturday, December 31, 2016

Oh, Alabama. You know it’s going to be good when Wikipedia says that your ball drop is “slightly phallic”.

That might be putting it lightly.

We’re going to stay alert to see how it goes this year:


4- The Possum Drop in Brasstown, North Carolina

This one isn’t without controversy, having been criticized and even momentarily stopped by PETA, but those in Brasstown assure everyone that the possum IS NOT harmed during their NYE drop:


3- The Buzzard Drop in Perry, Georgia

From The Perry Buzzard Drop Facebook page

We’re not exactly sure about the significance of a buzzard in Perry, Georgia, and why THAT was chosen for their ball drop… but it sounds just quirky enough to make our list!


2- The NOLA Gumbo Pot

Ok so actually, the Gumbo Pot’s last drop was in 2008. Now a Fleur-de-Lis is dropped in New Orleans. But we think a gumbo pot is cooler.


1- Moon Pie Drop in Mobile, Alabama

From the Moon Pie over Mobile Facebook page


What could get more Southern than dropping the most delicious Southern-made snack ever?! Nothing, that’s what.

Even though Moon Pie is headquartered and made in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Moon Pie is ubiquitous with Mobile due to the fact that this treat is thrown from many a Mardi Gras float. This is also a good time to note, as we have many times before, that MOBILE was the originator of Mardi Gras…. not New Orleans.

This year happens to be the 10th annual Moon Pie over Mobile celebration, and they’ve got quite the lineup to celebrate including George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

It doesn’t hurt that Moon Pie was recently featured on as the “Unexpected Top Social Media Brand of 2017“, but we’re not surprised… we love their Twitter feed:




What NYE ball drop will YOU be watching?!


Love to all y’all,



Molly McWilliams Wilkins

Molly McWilliams Wilkins

Molly McWilliams Wilkins is a Southern culture commentator, web producer, and social media marketing maven. She is also a freelance writer who has worked with a variety of publications and online magazines including Bourbon & Boots, Paste Magazine, Macon Magazine, the 11th Hour, Macon Food & Culture Magazine, and as the Digital Content Editor for The Southern Weekend. Mommy first, fashionista, social media maven, writer, artist, dreamer and poet. Hangs on to her Oxford Commas by force. Addicted to shoes and purses- and lots of coffee. Coffee coffee coffee.

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