Peach Ready to Drop at Underground Atlanta

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The giant peach dropping at Underground Atlanta on New Year's Eve.

ATLANTA -- Tens of thousands of Atlantans are expected to crowd Underground Atlanta for the Peach Drop.

The Peach Drop is a 22-year tradition at Underground Atlanta and organizers are hoping for another great New Year's Eve celebration this year.

The great Georgia Peach was sitting quietly on its perch above Underground Atlanta Thursday. With only hours before its triumphant drop, crews were hard at work, constructing a stage for performers and making the final tweaks for this year's Peach Drop.

"It's fantastic. It's for the community," said Underground Atlanta's Michelle Lawrence. "It's for the visitors and people just love it. So we like to continue the tradition."

The folks at Underground Atlanta are expecting as many as 100,000 people to be on hand when the 800 pound, 8-foot by 8-foot fiberglass and foam peach makes its 58-second decent into 2011.

And there's no shortage of entertainment. Whether your tastes favor big band swing, the classic hits of Journey, or alternative rock, there will be a performance for you. All of it capped up with a headlining performance by Tito Jackson.

"Tito Jackson will ring us in with two of his new songs that are going to debut in February on his new album," Lawrence said. "Then, lots of Jackson 5 classics to ring in the New Year."

If you plan to head down to the Peach Drop, don't plan to drive. Parking is extremely limited.

MARTA is the way to go. They'll be running trains until 2 a.m. Five Points is the stop for Underground Atlanta.

"We do ask that people don't bring coolers or alcoholic beverages," Lawrence said. "No pets or backpacks. But, cameras are welcome and people of all ages."

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