Wacky New Year's Eve 'Ball' Drops Across the US

PHOTO: In a photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, female impersonator Gary Marion, transformed into "Sushi," hangs above Duval Street and thousands of New Years Eve revelers at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla.
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Along with clinking Champagne glasses, kissing your sweetheart and shooting off fireworks, dropping large inanimate objects from the sky during a countdown has become a time-honored New Year's Eve tradition in the United States. Here are nine of the most interesting "time balls" being dropped around the nation.

PHOTO: A view of the atmosphere during New Years Eve 2011 with Carson Daly at Times Square on Dec. 31, 2010 in New York City.
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The Quintessential Crystal Ball

Times Square, New York City – Containing 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles, the awe-inspiring 2014 globe will refract 16 million colors down on Manhattan streets and feature a panel designed by Coraliz Martinez, who was treated for bone cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in 2011. She is now cancer-free.

PHOTO: Fireworks explode in the background as the Peach hits the bottom of the tower at Underground Atlanta to signal the beginning of the new year in Atlanta, Jan. 1, 2000.
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Just Peachy

Atlanta – What else but an 800-pound fiberglass-and-foam peach could receive more applause while floating down from the sky here, where more than 1,000 spectators attend annually. This year, the fruit will be feted alongside recording artist Janelle Monae, comedian David Koechner and a giant peanut M&M as well.

PHOTO: In a photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, female impersonator Gary Marion, transformed into "Sushi," hangs above Duval Street and thousands of New Years Eve revelers at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla.
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A Ruby Red Slipper

Key West, Fla. – When the clock nears midnight, locals flock to Duval Street in Key West, where an over-sized ruby red high-heeled shoe descends from the balcony of the Bourbon Street Pub—with a drag queen named Sushi (aka Gary Marion) waving from inside.

PHOTO: David Benson cleans the outside of his giant acorn in his yard in Raleigh, NC in preparation for the dropping of the big nut on New Years Eve. Benson is the sculptor who made the copper acorn in 1991 and he cleans it every year.
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The Most Massive Acorn

Raleigh, N.C. – Designed by a local resident, the 1,250-pound Raleigh Acorn is made of steel and copper to reference Raleigh's title as the "City of Oaks." The acorn is lowered each year from a crane during the First Night Raleigh celebration, first at 7 p.m. for children and again at midnight.

PHOTO: Peeps Chick drops during New Years Eve at Peeps Fest in Bethlehem, PA.
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One Peep to Rule Them All

Bethlehem, Pa. – At the annual Peepsfest in Bethlehem, Pa., one would be hard pressed to walk two feet in any direction without walking into a yellow, marshmallow chick being eaten, sculpted in ice, crafted in dioramas or posing for photos. But the one bird all eyes are on at the end of the night is an 85-pound fiberglass resin Peep, lowered at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks to cheers and fireworks.

PHOTO: Lebanons 12 ft, 150 pound 2008 New Years Eve bologna drop.
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The Missing Link

Lebanon, Pa. – Over in Lebanon, Pa., the locals are consumed with an entirely different edible: the 100-pound, 16-foot Lebanon Bologna link is lowered at the stroke of midnight to a crowd of kooky, carnivorous revelers below. The meat is later divided among local shelters.

PHOTO: In Bartlesville, locals drop a massive olive into a glass from the top of a Frank Lloyd Wright?designed skyscraper.
Price Tower Arts Center
Shaken, Not Stirred

Bartlesville, Okla. - Fans of 007 would do well to be in Bartlesville this New Year's Eve, where one annual tradition includes an enormous olive being slowly dropped into a martini glass from the top of the 19-story Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Price Tower. We'll toast to that.

PHOTO: Vincennes, Ind. holds a Watermelon Drop celebration on New Years Eve.
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Making a Splash

Vincennes, Ind. – Look out below if you're in Indiana. Vincennes locals hoist an 18-foot, 500-pound watermelon 100 feet into the sky in the countdown to midnight. The large fruit structure then opens a trapdoor at its base to release 12 to 14 real watermelons, which rain down onto a "splatform" below.

PHOTO: In Prairie du Chien, Lucky the frozen carp is lowered down 110 feet at midnight. Then locals line up for a good-luck kiss.
Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
Kisses from the Sea

Prairie du Chien, Wis. – While CarpFest may not be the biggest celebration in the states, it certainly has a lock on luckiest. In the city of Prairie du Chien, Wis., along the Mississippi river, the Chamber of Commerce celebrates Lucky, a carp caught locally, that has been frozen and gilded before being put on display. During the countdown, Lucky is lowered 110 feet to the ground at midnight with a fireworks display lighting the way. Afterward, locals line up for a good luck kiss.

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