LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – New York City might have the ball drop, and Atlanta has the peach drop, but a New Mexico city is doing things a little differently. Las Cruces is hosting a drop with a very New Mexican twist.

The 9th Annual Chile Drop is Saturday night. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. There’s live music and food leading up to the big event at the Plaza de Las Cruces.


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At midnight, a 19 ft chrome chile gets lowered to ring in the new year. One thing about the chile is a mystery: the color. Will it be a red chile or a green chile?

That’s for the guests to decide. Voting will be encouraged to decide the chile’s color.