For nearly three decades, Atlanta has rung in the new year with falling fruit—namely the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta.
However, indications are that the celebration could move just a few blocks north of its original home, to Woodruff Park. Rumor has it that preliminary plans call for the city’s oldest standing high-rise—the Flatiron Building—to serve as a backdrop for the festivities, with a stage for performers set up in Peachtree Street.
A source close to the planning process indicates there are still details to be worked out, but that the goal would be to drop the peach directly from the building. Still, structural nuances of such an arrangement remain to be determined.
What’s more, per sources, the celebration could be made more festive by $12,000 worth of confetti the city preemptively bought for the celebration of a Falcons Super Bowl victory early this year; thankfully, confetti doesn’t go bad.
All the plans are apparently still subject to finalization from the City of Atlanta, as well as the building owner and potential event sponsor—Live Nation.
Of course, for those who don’t want to fight the crowds downtown, there’s always the Tallapoosa Possum Drop.
We’ve reached out to the Mayor’s office, Central Atlanta Progress, and FlatironCity for an official comment, but have not yet heard back.
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