Ring in the New Year at Downtown Countdown

By Stacey Bomser

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and there is no bigger celebration in South Florida than the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown. Revelers will gather in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, December 31st to usher in the new year, complete with a countdown and lighted anchor drop at midnight.
The City of Fort Lauderdale and Orange Bowl have partnered together since 2010 to host the annual Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown, the premier New Year’s Eve celebration in South Florida. Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the state, the free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults.

The entire event is family-friendly, with special children’s activities beginning at 3:30pm. There will be bounce houses and inflatables, games, face painting, contests and dancing with the DJ. At 7pm, little ones will enjoy a special kids’ countdown and the lighting of the giant anchor.

The celebration continues at 8pm when the live music starts as Orquesta Calle Sol takes the main stage. This classic salsa dance band presents an energetic tribute to the “Golden Years” of salsa: the 70’s and 80’s. The Shane Duncan All Access Band is the evening’s headliner. Their performance begins at 9:30pm. With a song repertoire covering everything from Top 40 to Oldies and Country to Disco, they will keep the party going until 1am.

The highlight of the Downtown Countdown is the larger-than-life illuminated anchor drop. Event organizers promise plenty of fun surprises when everyone joins in the countdown to midnight which welcomes 2018.

The Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown takes place on Sunday, December 31st from 3:30pm to 1am. The festivities are held on SW 2nd Street and SW 5th Avenue near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Museum of Discovery and Science.

For more information visit www.fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-PARK (7275).