In Alabama, the “Moonpie Over Mobile” New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Mobile will feature entertainment by funk musician George Clinton. A giant 600-pound electric Moonpie will be lowered as the final seconds of 2017 are counted down, organizers said. A laser light show and fireworks are also planned.
In New Orleans, the “Dick Clark Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” production will host its Central Time Zone party in the city. New Orleans’ festivities will include lowering a large fleur-de-lis emblem from Jax Brewery. The fleur-de-lis is a French symbol that has become synonymous with New Orleans.
Other events planned across the region include the New Year’s Eve Oyster Ball Drop at the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi. That event will feature fireworks, as well as entertainment by the Blackwater Brass Band, organizers said.