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New Year's Eve traditions take local twists with unique ball drops

The Big Orange Rise

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The Big Orange Rise

In Miami, the “Big Orange” doesn’t drop. It rises. Beginning at 6 p.m., the orange begins it 400-ft ascent over Bayfront Park.

The event was originally created in order to encourage people to stay downtown after the parade for the Orange Bowl.

Though you may think that the Orange’s name is “Mr. Neon,” that’s actually the signature of the artist who designed and built the sculpture.

Ever wonder why we drop the ball -- or other objects -- to welcome the New Year? Read about the history behind this wholly American tradition

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