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Pelican Drop

Dec. 31

Head downtown to Palafox Place for one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties on the Gulf Coast. Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy a street-party atmosphere buzzing with family-friendly activities, live performances on three separate stages, and restaurants, shops and bars open late.

A special kids’ area provides fun for the whole family. Children can have their face painted, participate in the popular bubble stomp and even have their own countdown at 8 p.m.

Admire the giant 14-foot illuminated pelican, boasting a 20-foot wingspan, as it descends 100 feet amid beautiful fireworks and confetti while the crowd counts down to midnight and brings in the new year.