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Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Grove-style Halloween

This is a post from 2009 I walked around the Grove today looking for people dressed up for Halloween, but there really weren't many people and the few that were dressed up were out of the costumes already because of the heat. They were too hot to wear.

 I suspect tonight we'll hear crickets, where in the past Halloween was "owned" by the Grove. It was a night when thousands of people came out to our streets. Now, not so much. Anyway here's what was. I wanted a Halloween post today so I came up with this from 10 years ago.


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Celia Cruz and Mario won the costume contest at CocoWalk last night for best female and best male costumes, but I think Celia is really a man. I was honored to be one of the judges up on the stage.

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This is the sea of faces we saw as we looked out from the stage. CocoWalk had one of the largest crowds, aside from the street itself at the triangle of Grand, Main and McFarlane.

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There were quite a few great faces in the crowd.

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We hit every party in the Village, we started at Thriller Night, went to the Allure Salon, then to the Taurus and then hit Commodore Plaza were we stopped at Greenstreet and then The Ivy, which was the perfect gothic setting. We ran into these lovely ladies at Sandbar Grill.

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The time change (did you turn your clocks back?) kept people out later and as the night wore on, it got busier and busier as it usually does. Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, people come out later to party in Miami. They start out late and want to stay out late.
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I was with a group of seven or eight and when we would get lost, we knew to look for each other at Olav's on Virginia Street, the place where the locals hang out.
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There were some really clever costumes around. The crowd at CocoWalk had some of the best. The band did a lot of Michael Jackson numbers and were spot on, sounding just like him.
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Some other cool costumes were at the Allure Salon party on Main Highway. It was a sophisticated crowd, it sort of reminded me of Mad Men, I don't know why.
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The Thriller Night dancers at the Mayfair Promenade really had the late night crowd going.

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People danced late into the night. Now it's November 1, the end of another great Halloween.

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