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'Silly' NYE ball drop to mark 25 years as a SLO tradition

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A group of friends is celebrating 25 years of a quirky New Year's Eve tradition.

Since 1993, the Warrens and their friends have hosted their own version of a ball drop from the top of the Marsh Street parking garage in downtown San Luis Obispo.
    
They'll be there again this year with a growing crowd of revelers.

"Oddly enough, people keep coming back, people that we don't know," said Frank Warren. "A lot of people show up because they want to take pictures with the ball."

"That's part of the magic," Christina added. "You never know year to year who will be here or what it will look like."

"We didn't think we would do it twice, so the fact this is the 25th time we're doing it, yeah, it's kinda weird," Frank said. "We really thought this was a one shot deal. It was really just, we did it the first year to kinda make somebody laugh. We thought, 'oh, they'll think this is a really silly thing that we're doing,' and then next thing you know, people kept coming back for it and then asking about it."

The Warrens say they have a new ball this year, still brightly decorated.
    
Get there around 11:45 p.m. Sunday if you'd like to take part in the family-friendly fun.

"You get here at 11:45, you hang out with a bunch of people and you yell and scream and you stay on the sidewalk. We lower the ball, bring the ball back up, we go down, we take pictures and everyone's home and in bed by 12:30," Frank said. "It's pretty great."

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