On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm on the new Bayside Marketplace Miamigo Big Orange Stage on Biscayne Blvd. in Downtown Miami waterfront, Big Orange Host Committee legacy partners led by Mayor Francis Suarez and the City of Miami Commission Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park Management Trust, Downtown Development Authority, Hotel InterContinental Miami, and the Greater Miami Host Committee will begin the launch ceremony to host and welcome the City of Miami’s New Year’s Eve tradition, declared as the official ‘Time Ball of the World”, the centerpiece for the New Year Countdown, the iconic 35 feet in diameter, “Big Orange”, (La Gran Naranja), as it ascends 400 feet to the summit of its home, the Hotel InterContinental® Miami, One Chopin Plaza, to signal the New Year 2020.
The Big Orange, an attraction destination, annually attracts an audience of some 100,000-250,000 local participants and international visitors, as well as a worldwide television viewership of over 50 million.
The Big Orange is a symbol of creativity, inclusion, sustainability, health and happiness. It is the goal of the Big Orange Host Committee to host throughout the New Year age-friendly events, festivals, and legacy programs that promote the Arts, Culture, Sports, Heritage, Environment, Recreation, Health and Wellness
The official theme for New Year’s 2020 is…“Rise, Live, And Shine With The Big Orange For A Healthier And Happier New Year In Age-Friendly Miami Livable For All Ages!
The New Year 2020 theme will recognize a commitment by Mayor Francis Suarez and the City of Miami Commission to make Miami communities more livable and age-friendly for people of all ages, especially older adults.
Miami recently became a part of the AARP Age- Friendly Network, part of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, an effort of more than 800 communities in 40 countries worldwide benefiting more than 228 million people, over 60 years of age.
Livability as defined by AARP’s Livable Communities initiative is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, as well as Arts, Cultural, Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Possibilities.
Beneath the Big Orange is the traditional laser show with the New Year’s countdown clock, and looped sponsor appreciation, (15 minute runs), presented by LaserNet, one of the world’s leading laser companies operating since 1968.
Leading the loop will be a salute to AARP Livable Communities, and a special welcome to Superbowl LIV in honor of Rodney Barretto, Chairman, and creator of the Big Orange.