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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Downtown Miami, get ready for your annual dose of tunes and traffic.

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The Ultra Music Festival kicks off Friday afternoon. And judging by the sound check on Thursday night, expectations are high for the three-day event.

As the music and the lights and lasers shown in the night, a small crowd of people gathered outside the fence at Bayfront Park to watch the final preparations.

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Behind the scenes, security is in place to keep everyone safe with uniformed officers, security guards and undercover officers ready to descend on the festival.

“We feel that we have a great plan in place to make sure everybody can come here and have a safe and great time,” said Ray Martinez, chief of security for the event and former Miami Beach police chief.

Martinez said there’s a clear cut message for anyone attending the festival.

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“Come out here, enjoy yourself, have a great time – drug free,” he said. “We want everybody to be safe and make sure they make it home and enjoy the show.”