25th Big Orange: "It's Gonna Be Crazy"

Ludacris and Mike Posner are set to take the stage later on New Year's Eve

By Julia Bagg
|  Sunday, Jan 1, 2012  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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Miami’s big orange ball worked its way up the 400-foot-high wall of the Intercontinental Hotel to reach the top at midnight, as the New Year rang in with fireworks over Biscayne Bay.

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Miami’s big orange ball worked its way up the 400-foot-high wall of the Intercontinental Hotel to reach the top at midnight, as the New Year rang in with fireworks over Biscayne Bay.

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It’s the 25th anniversary of Miami’s Big Orange New Year’s spectacular – but it’s the first time that Luis Reyes is at Bayfront Park for the festivities.

Reyes said he wanted to try something new, so that is why he brought his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, to the downtown park.

"It's cool, I like the atmosphere,” he said.

Reyes is anticipating the rise of Miami’s big orange ball, which will work its way up the 400-foot-high wall of the Intercontinental Hotel to reach the top at midnight, as the New Year is rung in with fireworks over Biscayne Bay.

"It's gonna be crazy," he said.

Meantime, kebabs and arepas are heating up as Ludacris went on stage for a sound check. The multi-medium star and singer-songwriter-producer Mike Posner will begin their main show, presented by “Red Bull Soundclash,” at 7 p.m.

The theme for Big Orange this year is “Booya booyaka,” a phrase that is said to come from the Caribbean and means noise and excitement.

Vivian Cunha and her husband Eduardo kind of found the festivities by surprise outside their downtown hotel.

The sounds and sizzles make the Sao Paulo natives feel right at home.

"Everybody goes outside... at the beach," said Vivian Cunha, who wants to see "fireworks!"

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