Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to switch up your routine? How about getting a jump-start on 2015 by watching the Big Orange in Miami rise to ring in the new year instead of the ball dropping in New York City. In what's being dubbed Miami’s largest dance party, upward of 200,000 people are expected to attend Miami’s New Year’s Eve 2015 celebration in Bayfront Park. Admission is free, but if you won’t be in Miami, you can check out the action through the live stream below. The New Year’s Eve 2015 festivities kick off at 8 p.m. and culminates with the Big Orange, or La Gran Naranja, rising to the top of the Hotel InterContinental Miami when the clock strikes midnight.
Miami’s New Year’s Eve 2015 festivities, which marks the 30th year of the Big Orange tradition, will also be broadcast nationally and feature Miami-based rapper Pitbull. “We’re announcing that we’re going to have Pitbull coming in on a boat, perform and we will continue the show,” Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado told Miami CBS-affiliate WFOR.
While New York’s New Year’s Eve celebration is iconic, Miami’s has been rated among one of the top 10 places in the world to ring in the new year, according to the Bayfront Park website. “It’s time to ring in the new year and Bayfront Park is the place to be for the largest FREE party in South Florida! Join us for a Dance Party with Funky Frank and count down to midnight with Miami’s own ‘Big Orange!’” the website states. “At the south end of the park, this New Year’s Eve icon will slowly ascend the side of the InterContinental Hotel, reaching the top at midnight in conjunction with a grand display of fireworks shot over beautiful Biscayne Bay.”