“Mobile’s New Year’s celebration has been recognized by O, The Oprah Winfrey magazine and Garden and Gun magazine, TODAY, Good Morning America and others as one of the most unique and fun celebrations in the country.”
On New Year’s Eve the city of Mobile, Alabama will again drop a 600 pound electric Moondrop from the 34-story RSA Trustmark building to celebrate the coming of the new year.
Why drop a MoonPie?
All Southerners should remember moon pies and RC colas, a traditional treat of the south. A moon pie is actually a confection that has been traditionally popular in the South. It consists of two round graham cracker cookies, with marshmallow filling in the center, dipped in a flavored coating. Today, MoonPies are made by the Chattanooga Bakery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
There is a custom for eating moon pies with RC Cola, although the origin of this is unknown. It is likely that their inexpensive prices, combined with their larger serving sizes, contributed to establishing this combination as the “working man’s lunch”. The popularity of this combination was celebrated in a popular song of the 1950s, by Big Bill Lister, “Gimmee an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.”
In 2008, Mobile started the tradition of dropping a Moon Pie on New Year’s Eve. The giant banana colored MoonPie is raised by a crane to a height of 200 feet and dropped as the clock struck midnight. In addition to the drop, the New Year’s celebration in 2008 had the world’s largest moon pie baked for the occasion. It weighed 55 pounds and contained 45,000 calories.
Other Facts about MoonPies and Alabama
- The Moon Pie became a traditional “throw” of Mardi Gras parade watchers in Mobile, Alabama during 1956.
- In the town of Oneonta, Alabama, there is a moon pie eating contest started by Wal-Mart employee John Love when he inadvertently ordered too many. This anecdote was featured in Sam Walton’s autobiography, Made in America.
- The Moon Pie is a traditional celebratory food for remembering the Apollo 11 moon walk that took place on July 20, 1969. Moon Pies are used in the commemorative celebration by aerospace workers and enthusiasts across the globe.
For dates and times of events at this year’s Mobile Moon drop – Visit Moon Pie over Mobile
Sidenote: At a gathering to remember Apollo 11 in July 2014, Edward Buckbee, Founder of the US Space and Rocket Center stated, “Alabama does not get enough credit for the fact that we built the rocket that landed our astronauts on the moon. 12 Americans walked on the moon all because we provided the machine that got them there. So that’s why we’re the Rocket City. That’s why we’re still in the rocket business and we have been launching humans in space for over 50 years,” said Edward Buckbee, Founder of the US Space and Rocket Center.
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