FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Thousands flocked Wednesday night to downtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to ring in the new year.
The first part of New Year's Eve went to the kids downtown, where bounce houses and face painting sites flooded the local parks and streets.
The kids enjoyed a mock NYE countdown at 7 p.m. around Southwest Fourth Avenue and Southwest Second Street in Fort Lauderdale. After that, the adults took over and ushered in the new year properly.
A live music stage was set up on one side of Southwest Second Street and a DJ/big screen on the other to watch the Orange Bowl.
The city of Fort Lauderdale expected more than 50,000 people to attend the event.