ATLANTA - Organizers are working to make sure the annual peach drop is even more exciting this time around.
The Atlanta mayor's office announced that for the first time, the peach will drop from the 120-year-old Flatiron Building downtown near Woodruff Park on Dec. 31. The new site is a few blocks from Underground Atlanta, where the Peach Drop has been held in recent years.
Admission for the Peach Drop is free and the park will open to visitors at 5:30 that night. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. Jeezy, TLC, and Tyrese are scheduled to perform.
Crews will fence off access points and open the access points to the public at 5:30 on Dec. 31.
Some sections of streets will be closed off including the area around the park which will be open to foot traffic only.
Prohibited items include your own food or alcohol, firearms, chairs, coolers, and umbrellas.
A clear bag policy will be in place and all bags will be searched.
The Peach Drop is just one of several large events planned across the South.
In Alabama, the "Moonpie Over Mobile" New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Mobile will feature entertainment by funk musician George Clinton.
In New Orleans, the "Dick Clark Rockin' New Year's Eve" production will host its Central Time Zone party in the city.
Other events planned across the region include the New Year's Eve Oyster Ball Drop at the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi.