- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans natives Big Freedia and PJ Morton will appear at the 5th annual central time zone celebration from the city on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

Big Freedia, the “Queen of Bounce,” will host the New Orleans show, while Morton, a Grammy Award-winning artist, will perform “Auld Lang Syne” as part of the lead-up to the countdown to the fleur-de-lis drop at midnight, WVUE-TV reported.

“We are beyond excited that Big Freedia and PJ Morton, two of New Orleans’ brightest musical lights, will be shining for our city and before the entire world as we ring in the new year,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. “Even though we won’t be watching this performance in person, we will be watching from the safety of our homes as ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021′ rings in the new year with that special New Orleans flavor.”

Cantrell said the city was also excited that the event would employ nearly 70 locals, many of whom had been shut out of production jobs due to the pandemic.

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