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New Year's Eve traditions take local twists with unique ball drops

The MoonPie Drop

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The MoonPie Drop

Mobile, Ala., is home of America’s first Mardi Gras celebrations, including long parades with floats, off which masqueraders have thrown moon pies since 1952.

MoonPies aren’t traditional pies. Moon pies are made up of marshmallow creme sandwiched between chocolate graham cookie crusts. They were originally created by the Chattanooga Bakery, when a bakery salesman wanted to create something “solid and filling” for local coal miners on their short lunch breaks.

They quickly became known throughout the South as a “working man’s lunch.”

Mobile residents and tourists consume more than 4 million MoonPies annually.

Ever wonder why we drop the ball -- or other objects -- to welcome the New Year? Read about the history behind this wholly American tradition

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