‘Pasty drop’ part of Escanaba New Year’s Eve celebration

ESCANABA – Organizers of a “pasty drop” on New Year’s Eve are hoping the oddity becomes an annual tradition in downtown Escanaba.

“I’m very interested to see it. It will be an experience never seen before in Escanaba,” commented City Manager Jim O’Toole following Thursday’s Escanaba City Council meeting when a street closure was approved for the event.

The public will get its first look at the giant lighted pasty when it appears in the Escanaba Christmas Parade which begins at 7 tonight along Ludington Street.

The approximate 12-foot-by-eight-foot-by-four-foot pasty is constructed out of metal tubing, chicken wire and Christmas lights, explained Gina Zanon, who helped build the float.

Michael Manning came up with the idea for the New Year’s Eve pasty drop this summer, said Zanon, who got the ball… er, pasty … rolling.

Erik Lacey made the wire crust which will allow the wind to blow through the pasty when it’s hoisted by a crane on New Year’s Eve. C.R. Meyer will provide the crane.

The event will begin at 10 p.m. at center court at the Downtown Development Authority. At the stroke of midnight, the pasty will be lowered in celebration of the beginning of 2014.

“We’re hoping this will happen every year,” said Zanon, who is a member of the Bay de Noc Unitarian Universalists Fellowship where the other pasty-makers are members.

New York City and Marquette have their ball drops, Traverse City has its cherry drop, and Mackinac Island has its turtle drop – why can’t Escanaba have a pasty drop, said Zanon. She expects the local event to be a recipe for fun.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net