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Ultra festival officially underway

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The three-day Ultra marathon, drawing thousands of fans, has kicked off.

Traffic will be a nightmare for commuters but quite the opposite for music fans as they fill the streets of Downtown Miami in extravagant and creative costumes.

Gates opened at 4 p.m. Friday, and the party will go on until midnight before gates open once again on Saturday, at 3 p.m.

A small section of Biscayne Boulevard has been closed off to allow for pedestrians to enter and enjoy the festivities. Northbound and southbound traffic has been rerouted.

Firefighters and responders will also be on hand and are prepared for any medical emergencies that may arise. "We have over about 60 firefighter paramedics that will be out there working this event," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll, "not only as EMS units but also Fire Marshalls Office will be out there making sure that the area, the staging, the overcrowdedness does not take place."

Several fans described the vibe of Ultra as they entered the gates. "It's colorful, it's fun and that's what Ultra really represents," Nicole Perez said as she entered the venue.

"It's a feeling that I don't, I don't know how to explain," Giselly Gomes said. "It's just a feeling that comes."

Hundreds of additional police officers will also be in attendance this weekend to oversee the event. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Ultra isn't the only event that will be taking place downtown. Families will fill the American Airlines Arena for Disney on Ice and Jay Leno will be performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Ultra fans will not be seeing DJ Avicii Saturday as previously expected. He was suddenly hospitalized Thursday before a scheduled performance on Miami Beach. Concerns arose concerning his gallbladder that may require surgery. Deadmau5 is scheduled to take his place.

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