Macon rings in 2013 with Cherry Blossom Ball Drop
Atlanta may have the peach drop, but New Year's revelers in Macon have their own gimmick for ringing in 2013 - the Cherry Blossom Ball Drop, and for the 3rd straight year, central Georgia was thinking pink for the new year!
The Monday night event in downtown Macon was geared toward families, with a fireworks display that started at 9 p.m. to accommodate those who wanted to get their children in bed before midnight.
There was a larger fireworks finale that coincided with the dropping of the Cherry Blossom Ball at midnight. Party goers were entertained by WDEN's Laura Starling.
Sean Pritchard, program coordinator for Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival, says the brightly lit pink ball is made of actual Cherry Blossoms and takes about 30 seconds to drop.
Early crowd estimates put the total into the thousands and well above the first two years.