NYE and a Big Foam Peach

Downtown ATLWhen planning a seriously fantastic New Year’s Eve night in Atlanta, or in any large city for that matter, by all means, do not procrastinate.

Venues around the entire city have been planning this night for weeks and months, as has the city itself. During the day, police officers have blocked off streets in the downtown area, including the entirety of Broad Street and sections of Marietta and Peachtree streets. If you can find a spot, parking on the street will be free after 7 p.m. until the next day because it is a holiday. Private garages or lots tend to have higher rates on this particular night. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking around, and I would recommend carrying as few things as possible to lessen the risk of losing valuables.

For 24 years, the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta has been an attraction for us Atlantans and Georgia State students year after year. Located on the edge of our campus, the Peach Drop is not a far walk from our dormitories and local restaurants. This new year was no different, and to make my last year at Georgia State particularly memorable, I decided to plan my NYE around my home turf by getting a table at a place called Anatolia Cafe. My good friends Kevin Dewey and Tony Gash were playing music that night. Plus, the Peach Drop was located about two blocks south of the restaurant and was visible from the front entrance.

Kevin, a biology major at Georgia State, opened the night with his own electro/dub/house remixes, and by the time Tony came on at 11 p.m., the packed house was going wild. Tony, otherwise known as Man Holding Lantern, is also a Georgia State student studying film and music composition. He created a special countdown remix that I knew not to miss, and once the clock struck midnight, I ran outside to watch the mayhem.

Couples were kissing, parents were holding and playfully tossing their children, drunk people were stumbling around and shouting happily, people were trying to find their friends in the dense crowd; the chaos was all too exciting and rather soothing. Everyone seemed incredibly satisfied in those few moments.

Smiling, I held onto my boyfriend as we stood there alone in the middle of a crowded Peachtree Street. We watched the joys of a new beginning, the big foam peach staring back at us.

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