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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Putting the NUT back in Coconut Grove, again

Today, December 28, is the day of the 33rd annual King Mango Strut. I went shopping with my friend Dave the other day to get everything he needs to play his role; he's playing Charlie Crist, which is strange since he looks more like Rick Scott, but he will be one half of the battling duo at this year's event. They are also the Grand Marshals this year, they'll be renacting "Fangate."

The banana drops at 2 pm sharp in front of GreenStreet and the strut makes its way up Main Highway, around to Grand Avenue and back to the line-up site on Commodore Plaza. It's free and a signature event here in the Grove.

The celebrity guest is Ed Bell from "Arts Beat" on WLRN.

I'll be live Tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking during the Strut, so if you can't make it, check out our social media platforms:

Twitter: twitter.com/grovegrapevine
Instagram: instagram.com/coconutgrovegrapevine
Facebook: facebook.com/coconutgrovegrapevine

Of course you can just come back tomorrow and see all the photos here, too.


Many of the themes you'll see in the strut this year are:

*Italian Isis (rather than ices, get it?)
*Charles Manson's wedding - Bed, Bloodbath + Beyond
*Monica Lewinsky is baaaaaack
*Senior Texting "ATD" at the drs., "BYOT" bring your own toilet
*What happens in the elevator stays in the elevator
*Life is just ebola cherries
*New tollbooths
*Drop your pants for "underwearness"
*Tobacco Road closing
*Lady with 3 boobs followed by 3 Stooges -the real 3 boobs
*SOB - Save the bees
*Donald Sterling sighting????? Will his girlfriend be there?
White House intruders

The Pre-Parade activities begin at 1 pm at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway. with emcee Buzz Fleischman hosting the Little Miss Mango Pageant. This highly competitive pageant will be tough for the judges since everyone is expected to win. Then the parade statrts at 2 pm.

After the Parade the streets will remain closed and the King Mango Music Massacre begins. Four bands will continue playing at the After Party on Commodore until the festivities end at 6 pm.

All this entertainment is free and open to the public.

There is plenty of parking along or near the parade route at CocoWalk, Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse on Main Highway and Charles Avenue, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove Elementary School, the City garage at Oak Avenue and Mary Street and the City garage next to Sonesta Hotel. 

If you don't want to drive take Metrorail to the Coconut Grove Station. There will be shuttle buses (the Coconut Grove Circulator) picking up excited parade-goers every 15 minutes at the station and dropping them one block from the parade route.

Watch the parade live on the internet at Richard Fendelman's site: www.ArtsandCultureTV.com starting at 1:30 pm.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Jack said...

When of the best Struts in a long time. The after party was terrific. Thanks Debra and all of those who worked their butts off. It was worth it.

December 28, 2014 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL STRUT! Perfect day. Thanks to all who made it so great. Really outstanding.

December 28, 2014 9:15 PM  

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