New York's Times Square may get much of the attention with its ball drop on New Year's Eve, but there's some pretty unique action elsewhere.

For sure, Times Square deserves its spotlight because travelers from near and far converge at the "crossroads of the world" to see the nearly 6-ton sphere drop at One Times Square. This year's ball has more than 32,000 LED modules capable of creating more than 16 million colors.

Even though the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball eclipses all other events – it's the centerpiece of several New Year's Eve TV broadcasts – other cities have some of their own beloved, and weird, traditions.

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Alabama: A MoonPie drops in Mobile

There's a daylong festival in Mardi Gras Park in Mobile, Alabama, with events for kids, performers including Big Daddy Kane and at midnight a giant MoonPie is dropped. Part of the city's tradition has included tossing MoonPies at Mardi Gras parades, according to Southern Living.


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