SOURCE: Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

November 08, 2011 12:28 ET

Giant MoonPie to Fall From Sky in Downtown Mobile

MoonPie Forecast Announced: Going to Be a Three Dog Night

MOBILE, AL--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - The sounds of "Joy to the World" will be flowing through the streets of downtown Mobile on New Year's Eve. But don't get your holiday songs confused. Legendary music group Three Dog Night will be showcasing the free Mobile celebration leading to the MoonPie Drop at midnight.

In addition to listening to the top hits of Three Dog Night and opening acts, revelers will enjoy a Mardi Gras-style parade, a laser light show and spectacular fireworks. Whether you prefer RC Cola or a glass of champagne, ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile.

This year's free celebration will be located on the corner of Government Boulevard and Royal Street. The new stage location will allow for larger crowds, better protection from the weather and great views of the MoonPie and the fireworks shows. A new VIP area on the fourth floor of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza -- a stand out among Mobile Bay hotels -- will enable sponsors to get a bird's eye view of the entertainment and the falling cookie. The 12-foot-tall electronic MoonPie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust skyrise as the city welcomes 2012 and the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

This year's MoonPie Over Mobile celebration will start with a Mardi Gras-style parade featuring floats, bands and a few surprises. The parade will travel a different route this year, because of the stage relocation to Government and Royal Street. Afterwards, a street party of live entertainment will help draw thousands of people downtown. Despite their song title, "Momma Told Me Not to Come," everyone is invited to enjoy Three Dog Night and join in the festivities. Downtown Mobile will be one giant street party that will last into the early hours of the New Year.

"Downtown Mobile is going to be the place to be this New Year's Eve," said Mayor Sam Jones. "Last year we had more than 40,000 people attend MoonPie Over Mobile and we hope to make it even larger this year," said Jones. "We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Bronner and Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) help with this celebration." First started in 2008, MoonPie Over Mobile gives locals and tourists a chance to experience New Year's Eve with a bit of Mardi Gras flavor. "It is time to 'Celebrate,' just like the Three Dog Night song."

"All eyes will be on Mobile this New Year's Eve," said Kent Blackinton, general manager of Renaissance Riverview Plaza and president of the Mobile Hotel Association. "We are going to make a great party even better this year, and we are looking to fill the streets of Mobile and the hotel rooms in the city. Television views throughout the Central Time Zone can watch MoonPie Over Mobile live in a 45-minute telecast on Raycom stations, but we would rather have you being part of the excitement."

Why a MoonPie?

Mobile is the home of America's first Mardi Gras celebration, and the MoonPie is the favored "throw" of the hundreds of Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats during the extensive Mardi Gras parade season. MoonPies were first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952. Today, Mobile consumes more than four million MoonPies annually, and has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem. For the MoonPie Over Mobile celebration, this southern city has teamed up with Chattanooga Bakery, the maker of the iconic MoonPie marshmallow sandwich, to create the largest electronic MoonPie as the featured attraction for its New Year's Eve celebration. This is the third year an electronic version of the delicious treat will light up downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras was first discovered in the New World in 1703 at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the first settlement in Mobile. The first masked parading society, the Cowbellion de Rakin society, was formed in 1830. Mobile currently has more than 50 parading and non-parading organizations. An estimated 850,000 people attend parades, parties and other organizations associated with the carnival festivities. This number will likely increase with the enhanced MoonPie Over Mobile celebration.

About the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

The Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel is conveniently connected to the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center via a skywalk and across the street from the Gulf Coast Exploreum and IMAX, the Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde and the popular Dauphin Street entertainment district. The Mobile hotel's prestigious location and 44,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space make it a prominent choice for business conferences, corporate meetings and elegant social soirees. Business travelers at this pristine Mobile Bay hotel also have access to a staffed, on-site business center.

About Three Dog Night

Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate their 4th decade, performing to sell-out crowds and bringing along some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music including 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three #1 singles, 11 Top 10's, and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.

Perfectly re-creating their larger than life songs, Three Dog Night will perform their hits including "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to The World," "Black and White," "Shambala," "One," "Liar," "Celebrate" and many more songs that drive their success. Three Dog Night, which is made up of founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums), now perform for audiences spanning several generations. After nearly 40 years together, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base and develop new ways of doing business. Since 1986, they have performed over 2,000 shows including two Super Bowls.

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