On Dec. 31, hordes of people will gather in New York’s Times Square to see that shiny ball drop at midnight to ring in 2019.
But who cares about a giant sparkly ball when you can watch a duck plunge instead? Not into things that quack? Well, then, how about a muskrat?
Towns throughout Maryland host their own versions of New Year’s Eve ball drops, but get a little more creative. Here’s a sampling.
The duck drop in Havre de Grace
Since 2000, this Harford County down has been dropping a large, wooden, illuminated duck on Dec. 31 to pay homage to the town’s waterfowl heritage. It will take place at a new venue this year, Concord Point Park.
Beach ball drop in Ocean City
What would be more appropriate for the beach town than dropping an illuminated, oversized beach ball?
Crab drop in Easton
Also appropriate for its locale, this Eastern Shore town drops an illuminated crab at midnight. It’s even been showcased to national audiences on CNN.
Midnight Muskrat Dive in Princess Anne
This Eastern Shore town lowers a taxidermied muskrat named Marshall P. Muskrat — yes, you read that right — to celebrate the new year. According to DelmarvaNow, the creature was donated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to honor the “regional trapping delicacy.”