SOURCE: Marriott International
MOBILE, AL--(Marketwire - Dec 27, 2012) - The corner of St. Joseph and St. Francis streets near this downtown Mobile, AL hotel will be the hot spot for New Year's fun this year, when The Commodores join the annual MoonPie drop, featuring a laser show and fireworks from atop the RSA BankTrust Building.
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, offering Mobile, AL vacation packages, is the perfect base from which to attend the free New Year's Eve event. The night will kick off with a Mardi Gras-style parade at 7:30pm, featuring local and regional acts including Wet Willie Band, Hotwire and Grayson Capps, who will be performing on stages in Mobile's historic Bienville Square and at Government and Royal streets on Austal's Mardi Gras Park. The park is also home to two of the city's notable museums, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and History Museum of Mobile, which will be offering children's activities. At midnight, Mobile will welcome the New Year with a 12-foot-tall electronic MoonPie, which will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust skyrise, and music from The Commodores, who will play the crowd into 2013.
"All eyes will be on Mobile this New Year's Eve," Kent Blackinton, general manager of Renaissance Riverview Plaza and president of the Mobile Hotel Association, says. "We have added more family-friendly activities to make this great party even better this year."
The MoonPie, making its fifth consecutive appearance at the city's New Year's celebration, is the favored "throw" of Mardi Gras maskers riding floats during parade season; the first were thrown in 1952.
New at this year's celebration, at this hotel in Mobile, Alabama near the conference center, is the Reach for the Moon resolution wall, where revelers can write their hopes for 2013 for all to see while sampling some of the world's largest edible MoonPie from Chattanooga Bakery.
About The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa has hosted celebrities, sports legends, a president and even a king since it opened in 1852. Today, the member of the Historic Hotels of America has been restored to its original grandeur to offer modern travelers an unforgettable stay in Mobile. Located downtown in the Central Business District, this AAA Four Diamond hotel offers 238 guestrooms and 31 spacious suites with complimentary Internet access and plush bedding. Club-level rooms include access to the exclusive lounge. Located across from the Mobile Convention Center, this historic hotel is a top choice with business travelers, offering 26,000 square feet of Mobile, AL meeting space, a fitness center, driving range, outdoor heated pool and downtown Mobile's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, The Trellis Room. For more casual meals, try handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches and signature cocktails at Joe Cain Cafe, or hit the trendy Royal Street Tavern for live piano music, light fare and specialty martinis. Relax at the 10,000 square foot Spa at The Battle House, featuring nine treatment rooms, a salon, Quiet Room, fire pit and a full list of services. Nearby find the Carnival Museum, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Museum of Mobile, Mobile's entertainment district and Fort Conde.