Covid strikes again. It would be too many people, too close together, so it’s cancelled.

It’s been a fun tradition. In years past, Whiskey Row was jam packed with thousands of people having a good time.

It’s like New York’s Times Square, but without the TV cameras and the, well, New Yorkers.

Prescott’s popular New Year’s Eve Boot Drop held in the heart of the town’s Whiskey Row has been canceled. Further up north, the iconic Pinecone Drop in Flagstaff will be held virtually this year.

“We‘ve tried to come up with a balanced solution, consulted local officials and sponsor partners, but in the end there just is no way to follow mitigation procedures given the layout of downtown,” said Matt Brassard, co-owner of M & M Entertainment & Production, which helps put on Prescott’s yearly Boot Drop.

That event typically brings 10,000 people to Prescott’s downtown district, a news release said.

The six-foot-tall boot will still be installed above The Palace Building for people to see. A virtual event is also being considered, but details have not yet been announced.

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