January 1, 2009

City celebrates New Year with Moon Pie

Residents of Mobile, Ala., received a special New Year's treat as a giant electronic Moon Pie was raised over the city to announce the start of 2009.

Some city officials said they hope the giant Moon Pie will become an iconic New Year's tradition akin to the crystal ball that falls on New York's Times Square, The (Mobile) Press-Register reported Thursday.

It just makes Mobile more unique, resident John Holcomb, 21, said as the Moon Pie was hoisted by a crane across the Mobile River from Cooper Riverside Park.

The Moon Pie, comprised of graham crackers and marshmallows, was invented by the Chattanooga Bakery in 1917. A popular legend states the snack was created after coal miners asked for a treat as big as the moon. The dessert has since become a popular symbol at Mobile's Mardi Gras parades.