New Year’s Eve party preparations are under way in Miami and Fort Lauderdale as the end of 2012 approaches.
Dozens of people are putting the final touches on Miami’s Big Orange/La Gran Naranja ahead of its annual ascent to mark the beginning of a new year.
The “Big Orange” known for its New Year’s Eve ascension up the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami every New Year’s Eve is getting a new name.
Sunday will officially kick off the New Year, but before the City of Miami welcomes 2012, it’s making sure the Big Orange is ready for its annual ride to the top of the Intercontinental Hotel.
From Lighthouse Point to the Southernmost Point, South Florida revelers gathered by the thousands to welcome in 2011, celebrating with a climbing orange, a dropping ball, and a drag queen who made a graceful descent to her adoring public, in a giant shoe. At least 3 people died in shootings or accidents.
Miami officials are optimistic about the turn out for the city’s Big Orange New Year Eve countdown celebrations, and they’re hoping the event will take the national spotlight.
South Florida is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year. The weather is very mild at this time of year, compared to other parts of the country. From parades to fireworks to food, there are plenty of fun ways to ring in 2011 in South Florida.