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Monday, December 29, 2014

It was a perfect day for a Strut

Were you at Sunday's King Mango Strut? Seems like the whole village was out. I haven't seen this many spectators at the Strut in a long time. In some areas on Main Highway, they were six people deep! It was beautiful out and part of a holiday weekend, so apparently people came out to party. This is Dave Charles as Charlie Crist in the 1960 Cadillac. He was the co-Grand Marshal with Richard Ives, as Gov. Rick Scott. Richard looks so much like the governor that he's mistaken for him in real life all the time. You can see him with all the rest of the photos here.


AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt marched with the Marching Freds in honor of our late friend Fred Hunt. Many people marched in Fred's honor so there were lots of Freds and friends along with AnnaMaria.

One of the funniest groups was the Sony/N. Korea group. 
There were five live bands, all better than the next, but to be honest, my favorite was the teens from the School of Rock. They were last in line so that they could take their time and play and do their thing as they made it around the block.
After the parade, the party began (as if it hadn't already) on a closed Commodore Plaza. This is a bar and restaurant owner's dream. 

Melissa Nobles and Danny Gonzalez, part of the N. Korea I.T. group and two green leprechauns.

It was a great day, lots of fun. Many more photos here.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it was a nice strut alright. The usual silly street characterizations to keep you somewhat entertained for a couple hours.

Plenty of people, old people. It really dawned on me yesterday. The Grove is just old. Young folks in their 20's and 30's, and 40's, simply left town.

It was painfully clear to see yesterday. I made it a point to look at the people, the average age must have been 55 y/o, and that's counting the few kids they dragged along! Even at the post-parade "parties", walking around, the bands were playing 60's music, even old-time greats Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull! That or your ancient rock&roll bluesy tunes. Not one single hot, young girl. None. No groups of young people getting wasted in front of Barracuda or Moe's as say, 10 years ago. It was impressive. Some young couples with babies on strollers, that's it.

Clearly, that's what's left in the Grove, The younger generation in their 20's-30's-40's is just gone. Bricklell, downtown, S. Beach, wherever. Just an observation of blatantly obvious fact.

December 29, 2014 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask those who live in Brickell whether they'd live there or the Grove...............yes, they start out there, but in the end, it's the Grove that's REAL. The Strut was great for us oldies, but come on, the millenials could have joined in if they'd had the time and the desire to do it. We older fun-lovers rule now (we invented "fun"), but down the road............let's see "them" step up to the plate and see if they can equal what "we" have. Maybe we can show them a thing or two! Or vice versa!

December 29, 2014 11:11 PM  

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