NYE preparations draw to a close in Broward, Miami-Dade; South Florida prepares to party

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (WSVN) – New Year’s Eve preparations draw to a close as South Floridians prepare to celebrate the end of another 12-month cycle.

staff working hard until friday Countdown to Downtown Fort Lauderdaleone of the largest free events in Broward County, will help people bid farewell to 2022.

“Fort Lauderdale is the yachting and boating capital of the world, so our symbol is the anchor,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis.

People can watch the anchor drop near SW 2nd Street and SW 5th Avenue, where the party kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The anchor is adorned with nearly 12,000 LED lights and weighs more than 700 pounds.

Attendees should expect music, food and fun for the whole family.

“It’s going to be an exciting night with a lot for the kids,” Trantalis said. “From 4:30 we’ll have a bounce house, pony rides and face painting.”

Along the Las Olas strip, businesses brace for the crowds that are sure to turn up on New Year’s Eve.

“New Year’s Eve, we’re in Las Olas,” says Emily Dall, director of operations for PDKN Restaurant Group. “Then you can go upstairs to this great nightclub, $20.23, 9 o’clock until the clock strikes midnight, we’re having a big party here.”

There is also a party at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale on Saturday at 6pm.

Meanwhile, in Miami-Dade County, several districts organized their own preparations for the upcoming festivities.

On Key Biscayne, construction of the party is also almost complete.

Crews continue to build concert stages for free at Bayside Park on Thursday new year’s eve carnivalpeople will be able to enjoy music from 24 performers, fireworks and digital big oranges.

The event is expected to attract nearly 100,000 people and will conclude the evening with special guest Nomcebo Zikode from South Africa.

“This year’s event is even bigger than last year,” said Miami City Commissioner Joe Carollo. “These artists are A-list artists. They have certain equipment levels and needs, and they’re being followed. So, it’s a full concert-level setup.”

With safety being the number one priority for police, Ocean Drive is barricaded to stop traffic for its 2023 New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“This is a big event on New Year’s Eve, not just in the city of Miami, but probably throughout South Florida,” said Miami Police Chief Manuel Morales. “We’re very aware of the need to have a very solid plan, so it’s a hands-on approach.”

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