By Jon Waterhouse
For the AJC
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the largest New Year’s Eve gathering in the Southeast, and ring in 2014 with Underground Atlanta’s Peach Drop! Head down early for a day and evening jam-packed with activities leading up to 2013’s last hurrah. As the countdown to midnight begins, the Peach will descend from its 138-ft tower of lights right before confetti showers attendees and a dazzling firework show illuminates the night sky.
Organizers expect more than 100,000 guests to attend, some arriving as early as 11 a.m. If you are going, its best to take MARTA to the Five Points station. Other stations within walking distance are Peachtree Center, Georgia State, Garnett and Omni.
The celebration kicks off with family-style activities, from carnival rides to face painting and all points in between. A live music soundtrack flows from three stages throughout the day. Get a detailed schedule for New Year's Eve at Underground Atlanta
Actor and comedian David Koechner serves as emcee and award-winning R&B diva Janelle Monáe will perform in concert beginning at 11:15 p.m.
As the clock nears midnight, the crowd will thicken to see the giant peach drop from its 138-foot lighted tower. This year things prove a bit different as a mammoth M&M’S Peanut, the event’s sponsor, takes the trip with the peach.
Organizers promise a surprise coming from the hunk of candy once it arrives at the bottom. Massive blasts of confetti and a fireworks show follow. The bash continues into the first few hours of the new year as the bars, restaurants and nightclubs of Kenny’s Alley stay doors open until 3 a.m.
11 a.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31. Free. Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta 404-523-2311
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