The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is proud to offer Gulf Coast residents an exciting and unique celebration to ring in the new year.
Ring in the new year in Downtown Pensacola with The Pensacola Pelican Drop™, a free event unique to the Gulf Coast. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and continue until 12:30 a.m.
Throughout the evening the giant Pelican (14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan) is perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. Although Palafox and Government Street will be closed to traffic, area restaurants will be open and additional vendors will be providing refreshments (no alcohol sales). Live performances on three outdoor stages provide ongoing entertainment throughout the evening. The popular kids' area will be expanded this year and will feature the special kids' countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti and the "bubble stomp." At the stroke of midnight, the whole city celebrates as the Pelican descends amidst fireworks and more confetti.
The event is expected to be a huge hit with over 50,000 revelers in attendance.
- ARRIVE EARLY FOR THE BEST VIEW OF THE PELICAN DROP
- HIT THE BATHROOM FIRST
- FOOD AND BEVERAGES
- BE READY FOR CROWDS
- NO ANIMALS
- BE PATIENT AND HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
- CONSIDER THE WEATHER
- PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PLAN TO ARRIVE HOME SAFELY.