Droppin’ of the Carp at New Years’ Eve« Back to Events
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 2016.
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.