Workers at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort ready the giant pearl for its Gulf Coast debut on New Year's Eve. (Photo source: Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -
This New Year's Eve will mark the start of a new year, and a new Mississippi Gulf Coast tradition. This will be the inaugural year of "The Raising of the Pearl" at the brand new Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D'Iberville.
In a twist on the American tradition of dropping large things in the countdown to midnight, the Scarlet Pearl will instead raise a giant, illuminated pearl outside its 18 story hotel. As clock ticks down, the pearl will rise until, at the stroke of midnight, it will reach the top of the building in a celebration of lights, sparklers and "noiseless fireworks."
Twelve hours earlier, the resort kicks off the celebration with a balloon drop on the casino floor. At noon, casino patrons will be doused in hundreds of balloons that will contain free play coupons, and other certificates from the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.