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Droppin’ of the Carp at New Years’ Eve

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Droppin’ of the Carp at New Years’ Eve
December 31, 2017 9:00 pm
December 31, 2017 11:55 pm
December 22, 2015
Downtown Prairie du Chien
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400 W. Blackhawk, Prairie du Chien, WI, 53821, United States
New Year's Eve Droppin of the Carp, Prairie du Chien

New York drops a lit ball at New Years’ Eve; Prairie du Chien drops a carp.

Yep. A real carp, caught in the Mississippi, named “Lucky”, and then frozen until New Years’ Eve. Lucky is then adorned with makeup and lights and lowered via crane to count down to midnight. As soon as they ring in the New Year, people can kiss Lucky for good luck.

How’s that for a New Years’ Eve fish story?

The party takes place on the west edge of downtown PDC in St. Feriole Island Park by the Mississippi River. It starts at 9pm and culminates with the “Droppin’ of the Carp” at 11:59pm and ringing in 2018.

A earlier version of the carp drop for children and families takes place indoors with food, hot chocolate, games, music and more inside nearby Hoffman Hall (1600 Wacouta Street) from 6:30-8:30pm. Admission for that is $3/person or $10 for a family. The later outdoor event is free.

It’s all downtown and on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. Hit U.S. 18 or Highways 27, 35, or 60 and check this out!