MIAMI (WSVN) — The countdown to 2014 is on and plenty of places will be throwing big parties in South Florida.
The Big Orange will be seen in Bayfront Park in front of an expected 250,000 people looking to ring in the New Year, and there will be several other locations hosting their New Year’s festivities.
The rise of the Big Orange, Miami’s most iconic New Year celebration, is already being set up outside the Intercontinental Hotel.
Neon lights and fireworks will be filling the skies at Bayfront Park for those choosing to view a celebration other than the annual balldrop in New York. “I guess they don’t want to go to New York because it’s cold, so they love Florida,” said Mr. Neon’s Steve Carpenter.
Miley Cyrus declined an invite to perform at the Fontainebleau Hotel to spend New Year’s in Times Square. The hotel party will be headlined by Afrojack and Pharell.
Robin Thicke will be performing just down the street from the Fontainebleau at a “Gatsby”-themed party at the SLS hotel. The party will also be a notch to South Beach history. “It really also fits on what South Beach was way back when,” Thomas Meding said. “It fits in the overall Deco theme and everything else.”
Organizers are calling it a fabulous fête, dripped in Deco decadence, including Katsuya Bites, an open bar and a champagne toast.
Local artist Pitbull will return to perform at the American Airlines Arena.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale will also participate in the celebrations. “We’ll have two ball drops,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said. “We’ll have one in the early evening for the young kids, and then the adults have a balldrop at midnight.”
Even with the various options, some people will be celebrating elsewhere with their families. “We celebrate at home,” Amy Fernandez said. “Twelve grapes for each month of the year.”
For those who do not want Christmas to be over, Elf the Musical is still playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center through Jan. 5.
Rap artist Lil Wayne will be performing at Cameo nightclub on South Beach and Playboy will be hosting their New Year’s party at Mansion nightclub.
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