New Year's Eve: Ushering in 2014 with edible confetti, biggest fireworks display

New Year's Eve: Ushering in 2014 with edible confetti, biggest fireworks display
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 5:49am

Yes, it's new year's eve again, time to bust out the champagne and make resolutions you probably won't keep.

But this year's different. Cities around the world will host some of the most amazing celebrations ever. Edible confetti raining over London? Check. How about 400,000 pyrotechnics exploding over Dubai? Got that, too.

And let's not forget that the new year also means bizarre new laws.

Here's what to look out for in the coming hours:

1. Taste the rainbow

Why have a fireworks show that only looks good? Revelers in London can stick out their tongues during tonight's extravaganza and enjoy banana-flavored confetti that's choreographed to the fireworks. They'll also see floating oranges drifting through the night sky -- pop them to enjoy a citrusy scent!

Food artists Harry Parr and Sam Bompas have been working on the show for an entire year. They've even made sure their edible treats are kosher, vegan and hypoallergenic.

"We developed a special confetti that's actually biodegradable, and in the rain it will magically dissolve," Parr said. "Even better, it tastes amazing."

2. Dubai does it bigger

Not to be outdone, Dubai -- a city that loves superlatives -- will attempt a new world record for the most massive fireworks display near the world's tallest building.

The six-minute show will feature 400,000 pyrotechnics over 400 parts of the Dubai shoreline. That's 100 kilometers (62 miles) of waterfront lighting up.

If Dubai pulls this off, it'll blow Kuwait's world record out of the water. That record was set last year, when 77,000 fireworks exploded over 64 minutes.

So if you're going to the Dubai show, don't forget your earplugs.

3. Have a ball - an 'odd' ball

Sure, New York has a massive crystal ball they've been dropping for the past century or so. But what other objects can you relinquish to gravity to mark the new year?

In some U.S. cities, it's a fruit. In Honolulu, it's a colossal glowing pineapple. In Atlanta, it's a giant peach.

The north Carolina mountain town of Brasstown prefers a possum -- slowly lowered and then set free.

But Key West, Florida, takes the cake with its drag queen drop.

For years, female impersonator Gary "Sushi" Marion has been lowered from the Bourbon St. Pub in Key West while riding in a massive high-heel shoe.

"It was inspired by 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' when it first came out, with the whole high heel on top of the bus," said Joey Schroeder, owner of Bourbon St. Pub. "I wanted to take that idea and do something fun on new year's eve."

4. Yes to placentas, no to shark fins

More than 40,000 new laws will take effect in the U.S. on New Year's Day. While Colorado's legalization of marijuana has racked up plenty of headlines, here are some of the more peculiar ones:

In Oregon, mothers will be allowed to take their placentas home from the hospital. Some say placenta capsules can help with postpartum depression, CNN affiliate KGW reported, though there's not a lot of medical research backing that up.

Delaware will join a growing number of states where you can't own, sell or distribute shark fins, which is considered a delicacy in some East Asian cuisine.

And thousands of companies will have to provide calorie counts for products sold in vending machines.

Because if you're going to a vending machine, clearly you care about calories the most, right?

Depends on what day of the resolution you're on.

CNN's Isa Soares, Margaret Conley, Leigh Ann Caldwell and John Zarrella contributed to this report. 

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