200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Revelers from across the country will be ringing in the new year in Downtown Mobile during MoonPie Over Mobile 2018. This year’s headliner, Sister Sledge, will make the celebration extra special with their genre-busting blend of pop and R&B. 

 

Local dignitaries will kick off the evening with the cutting of the world’s largest, edible MoonPie, baked by Chattanooga Bakery, followed by a second line parade led by the Port City Second Liners. The public is invited to join the parade as it travels down Royal Street to the main stage.

Tower of Power cover band, Everybody’s Here, will kick off the evening’s entertainment before headliner Sister Sledge takes the stage. The evening will end in the dropping of the world’s largest electronic MoonPie, a laser light show and the Spire Fireworks Show. It promises to be the best New Year’s in the South and the perfect time to visit Mobile. The 12-foot-tall MoonPie will descend from the 34-story RSA Trustmark skyrise as the city welcomes 2019 and the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

MoonPie Over Mobile has been featured in Garden and Gun Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. Both have named MoonPie Over Mobile as one of the “must do” New Year’s Eve events in the country.

“Downtown Mobile is going to be the place to be this New Year’s Eve,” said Carol Hunter, President of Events Mobile, Inc. “Last year an estimated 50,000 people attended MoonPie Over Mobile and we expect the streets to be filled again,” said Hunter.

For the eleventh year, MoonPie Over Mobile gives locals and tourists a chance to experience New Year’s Eve with a bit of Mardi Gras flavor, especially with the second line parade and giant edible MoonPie. And this year, the festivities are even more significant because the Alabama Bicentennial Commission will be kicking off the state’s official 200th birthday year in Mobile on New Year’s Eve.

Attendees to MoonPie over Mobile will be invited to leave their hopes and dreams for 2019 on the Bicentennial Resolution Wall. These resolutions will be collected and included in the Bicentennial’s archives. Sen. Arthur Orr, chair of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, said, “We are honored to begin Alabama’s bicentennial celebration in our great state’s oldest city. Mobile’s history is Alabama’s history. Its people and the events that have taken place here have shaped our past. It is hard to think of a better, more uniquely Alabama way to start our birthday year than with the MoonPie Drop.”

“All eyes will be on Mobile this New Year’s Eve,” said Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson.  “The City of Mobile is proud once again to be a major sponsor of the New Year’s celebration, with both locals and visitors alike filling the streets of Mobile and the hotel rooms in the city.” Richardson is credited for creating the MoonPie Over Mobile concept.

Why a MoonPie?

Mobile is the home of America’s first Mardi Gras celebration, and the MoonPie is the favored “throw” of hundreds of Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats during the extensive Mardi Gras parade season.  MoonPies were first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952. Today, Mobile consumes more than four million MoonPies annually, and has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem. For the MoonPie Over Mobile celebration, this southern city has teamed up with Chattanooga Bakery, the maker of the iconic MoonPie marshmallow sandwich, to create a giant edible MoonPie at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza as the featured attraction for its New Year’s Eve celebration.

About Sister Sledge

Performing jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B, flourishing both in-studio and onstage, the sisters built a formidable reputation, dazzling audiences and impressing critics from the start. The reputation Sister Sledge had begun to forge soon began to transcend national borders with the group achieving enduring popularity in Africa, where they performed at the “Rumble in the Jungle” Ali-Foreman heavyweight-boxing match, in Japan where they won the prestigious Tokyo Music Festival Silver Prize, and across Europe. Finally they made a splash in the U.S. with their first U.S. hit, “Mama Never Told Me,” and shortly after dramatically took off with the blockbuster release of the iconic “We Are Family” album, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Having set the world’s dance floors on fire with “He’s The Greatest Dancer,” the albums next release, the seminal title track, “We Are Family” skyrocketed the group in to the musical stratosphere. Perfectly demonstrating the group’s ability to uplift, inspire and unify, “We Are Family” became the theme song for the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates and was sung live by the sisters at the World Series opening game. The hit songs “Lost in music,” “Thinking of You” and “All American Girls” followed, helping to cement the group’s status as industry front-runners.