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Unique New Year's Eve drops

Published On: Dec 28 2012 04:14:59 PM EST

If you can't make it to New York City for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, TripAdvisor editors identified events throughout the country that offer revelers unique ways to usher in the New Year.

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The Droppin’ of the Carp – Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

In Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the carp master, from The Droppin’ of the Carp, ceremoniously lowers Lucky, a frozen 25 - 30 lbs. carp recently caught in the Mississippi River, 110-feet into a wooden cradle during a countdown to midnight.  Attended by more than 2,500 people, residents are encouraged to kiss the carp for good luck.  The Droppin’ of the Carp also includes three hours of live family-friendly entertainment, a bon fire, music, and fireworks.  After the carp drops, attendees recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and a sing along to “God Bless America.”

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