Last year, Marietta made headlines with its very unique New Year's Eve presentation. At midnight they dropped .. a guy.
#dudedrop trended after a box descended at midnight revealing a member of the Proia Dance Project who performed mid-air. The thousands of people who gathered for the surprise reveal were either amused or confused. We were there and the reaction of folks standing near us was basically, "Huh. That's different."
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Here's video if you missed it, courtesy of the City of Marietta:
This year the celebration was much more conventional. Marietta dropped a Big Chicken. For those of you who aren't from around here, the Big Chicken stands at a KFC restaurant at Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road, and it's how we give directions. ("Turn right at the Big Chicken and it's another mile down on the left..")
The 56-foot steel structure was designed by a Hubert Puckett, Georgia Tech architectural student, and erected in 1963 by Stanley R. "Tubby" Davis, according to this comprehensive piece on the Big Chicken by my colleague Ana Santos .
The structure was originally built for what was then Johnny Reb's Chick, Chuck and Shake.
Kentucky Fried Chicken took over the building in 1974 and considered tearing down the bird structure after high winds damaged it in 1993. But overwhelming public support persuaded the company to repair the structure instead. It's still there, and it rang in the New Year.
Here's a photo courtesy of the Marietta Police Department:
And here's one the city posted: