WATCH: Kiss the Eastport Sardine for Luck in the New Year
The residents of Eastport know how to party with not one, but two New Year's Eve celebrations, including a lucky sardine.
It's the fifteenth year for the sardine drop from the Tides Institute & Museum of Art. At midnight, an 8-foot sardine is dropped from the top of the building to the waiting crowd below. But it's their second celebration of the night. Since Eastport sits on the border with Canada, a giant maple leaf is also lowered from the building. That happens at 11 p.m., or midnight Atlantic Time.
All of the festivities are accompanied by the New Year's Eve Brass Band, which will play 'O Canada' at 11 p.m. and 'Auld Lang Syne' at midnight. Once the sardine is on the ground, folks are encouraged to kiss it, under the belief that it will bring luck in the new year. Find a complete list of activities on the website for the Tides Institute & Museum of Art.