Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced, during a radio interview with Majic 107.5/97.5’s Ryan Cameron, that she is canceling the Peach Drop, Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

“We’ve had some location challenges,” Bottoms said. “The city no longer owns Underground, which added complications.”

“We’re going to take a break, reevaluate, reexamine the location and how we plan it out. And when it comes back, I promise you it will be bigger and better.”

Bottoms said that she came to the decision to nix the tradition over the past couple of days.

The Peach Drop has been Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve tradition since 1989 when it debuted at Underground Atlanta, drawing in thousands of people.

The city moved it to Woodruff Park for New Year’s 2017 after a private developer purchased Underground Atlanta. However, it was brought back to its sacred location at Underground last year.

“Last year, it was great to be there and the crowd was there, but it felt like an afterthought event, not a premier event,” Bottoms said. “It felt we hadn’t given it the thought and consideration and resources we should give an event.”

(Photo: The Atlanta Voice/Itoro N. Umontuen)

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