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Wis. Mayor Tries To Create New Holiday Tradition

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Green Bay, Wis., kicked off the new year by parading a llama downtown. Why a llama? - you ask. Well. Mayor Jim Schmitt explained to TV station WBAY.

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JIM SCHMITT: Legend has it that if you view this llama on New Year's Eve, good things will come your way the following year.

INSKEEP: Having said that, Mayor Schmitt confessed it's all made up. He just wants to start a new tradition, and he prefers the llama to Green Bay's other option, a giant illuminated cheesehead.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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