Forget the Ball Drop on Times Square and the Peach Drop in Atlanta - Savannah's River Street is the best place to celebrate New Year's Eve.
A new tradition will begin seconds before Jan. 1 with the To-Go Cup Countdown. What better way to celebrate in Savannah than with a 6-foot model of the city's famed to-go cup that will rise in a toast to the arrival of 2014?
Sponsored by Wet Willie's, the event will feature a nontraditional "drop" with a definite Savannah twist.
"We're going to up the cup!" says Carrie Bligh, senior director of operations for River Street Savannah.
The evening will begin at 8 p.m. Music from Those Cats will begin at 8:30 p.m. and A Nickel Bag of Funk will start at 11 p.m.
"We'll stop the music to do the count up, then the fireworks will go off and they'll finish playing at 1 a.m.," Bligh says.
"We thought we could put a fun Savannah twist on it in kind of the quirky tradition of Savannah. Instead of dropping something, we'll raise a 6-foot to-go cup to welcome in the new year."
The cup was created by Capital A Productions, which does staging and audiovisual work for River Street Savannah.
"It's got a 'Made in Savannah' stamp on it," Bligh says.
The countdown will begin about 10 seconds before midnight.
"It's a huge cup," Bligh says. "In the past, we've done the fireworks, but never put anything on like this. We were all sitting around asking, 'What can we do?'"
At first, the decision was made to drop something.
"Then we said, 'What's Savannah when you're in that party mode and celebrating?'" Bligh says.
"You have the to-go cup. It kind of evolved from there.
"We couldn't drop a cup, because that would be littering, so we're raising a cup," she says. "And we've got fireworks and two great bands, and it's all free with no cover charge. We're looking forward to everyone coming out."