Eastern North Carolina kicks off New Year in style

Mt. Olive celebrates New Year's Eve with annual pickle drop

Eastern North Carolina held several celebrations Monday night to ring in the New Year.

Morehead City had its second annual Crabpot Drop at Katherine Davis Park. It took place from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The Crystal Coast School of the Arts kicked off the celebration, followed by the Crabpot Drop itself and fireworks at midnight.

Mount Olive, near Goldsboro in Wayne County, held it's annual pickle drop. It happened at the corner of Cucumber and Vine. A pickle dropped from atop a 45-foot flagpole at the stroke of 7 p.m. Monday, which was midnight in "Greenwich Mean" time. The pickle then landed into a perfectly-preserved redwood pickle tank. It was the 14th year that the Mount Olive Pickle Company hosted the event.

A New Year's Eve fireworks celebration also took place at Pearson Park in Kinston Monday night.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of revelers crowded into New York City's Times Square to watch the crystal-covered ball make its annual descent, ringing in the start of 2013.
The festivities joined a slew of others around the globe, from fireworks in Sydney and Hong Kong to the first public countdown in years in Myanmar.
New York City's countdown was the first in decades without television host Dick Clark, who died in April. One of the crystal panels on the ball was engraved with his name.
Some concerns from 2012 linger - even in Times Square, some revelers checked their cellphones to keep up with news of lawmakers' efforts to skirt the fiscal cliff combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts that threatened to reverberate globally.

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