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.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)
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.