For the second straight year, the annual Big Orange Drop in downtown Miami to ring in the new year will not take place.
City commissioner Joe Carollo confirmed to NBC 6 that the drop - which is actually where the Orange in question rises up the side of the Intercontinental Hotel - will not take place after the staff behind the event tested positive for COVID-19.
“Because of them getting COVID they’re not going to be able to put it together. But like I said, we’re still are working to have it with lasers,” Carollo said.
Carollo added the event, including fireworks at midnight, would continue as planned and a virtual orange drop would take place.
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The entire event was canceled in 2020, the first time in three decades Miami rang in the new year without the big orange.