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Ring in the New Year with the Pelican Drop

The Pelican Drop is a New Year's Eve celebration that take place each year in Downtown Pensacola, Florida. At the ceremony, a Pelican, Pensacola's mascot, is dropped instead of the typical New Year's ball. Since 2008, The Pelican Drop has become a significant attraction in the area, drawing in crowds of up to 50,000 local residents, making it one of the largest events of its kind in the Central Time Zone.

Ring in the new year in Downtown Pensacola with The Pensacola Pelican Drop™, a free event unique to the Gulf Coast. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve and continue until 12:30 a.m. Throughout the evening the giant Pelican (14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan) is perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Garden and Palafox Streets. Although Garden and Palafox Street will be closed to traffic, area restaurants will be open and additional vendors will be providing refreshments. Live performances on two outdoor stages provide ongoing entertainment throughout the evening.

The popular kids' area The Law Office of JJ Talbott's Little Pelican Party) will be expanded this year and will feature the special kids' countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti, the "bubble stomp" and a mini fireworks show. At the stroke of midnight, the whole city celebrates as the Pelican descends amidst fireworks and more confetti. The event is expected to be a huge hit with over 50,000 revelers in attendance.