Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade at The Falls 11/23/19

Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade at The Falls
Saturday, 11/23/2019 – 01:00 pm –
The Falls
8888 SW 136th St,
Miami, Florida 33176
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Cost: Free

‘Tis the season to deck the halls at The Falls! Families are invited to celebrate the start of the ho-ho-holiday season during the premiere shopping destination’s beloved “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23 beginning at 1 p.m.

The annual, family-friendly community event is attended by more than 20,000 Miami residents and visitors each year. Miami-Dade dignitaries and celebrities alike will parade through the streets in vintage and convertible cars, while attendees enjoy music from local marching bands, holiday-themed floats, bag pipers, stilt walkers, junkanoos, community groups and internationally recognized costumed characters.

The fun continues with live entertainment and musical performances every hour in Center Court. As nighttime arrives, guests can marvel at the thousands of twinkling lights and giant animal topiaries throughout the mall and its gardens.

Throughout the day, families are encouraged to get a jump-start on those holiday wish lists with the mall’s amazing holiday shopping opportunities, in-store promotions and specials, many of which are included in The Falls Holiday Savings Pass. Please visit Simon Guest Services at The Falls for more information.

To wrap-up the holiday parade festivities, families will be invited to countdown with Santa at his holiday house in Center Court for our SNOWFALLS finale! Santa will be available for photos to capture the magic of the season.

Copa America 7/7/19

Copa America
Sunday, 07/07/2019 – 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Brimstone Doral
8300 NW 36th Street, Doral,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33166
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Cost: FREE

Brimstone Doral wants to invite everyone to come cheer on their favorite team at Copa America this Sunday, July 7th. Enjoy a game while sipping on some tasty drink specials. The games will be shown on all TV’s so guests can keep an eye on the ball! You will also have the chance to join Brimstone’s plaza wide event and have the opportunity to try some of the restaurant specials while enjoying the fame.

Toast to America at CityPlace Doral 7/4/19

Toast to America at CityPlace Doral
Thursday, 07/04/2019 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
CityPlace Doral
3450 NW 83RD Avenue Doral,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33166
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Cost: Free

This Independence Day, raise a glass to freedom at CityPlace Doral’s Toast to America bash from 6:30pm to 9pm. Enjoy an evening filled with great food, cocktail specials, fireworks show, and live music by DJ Mezmriz and special guest MarkoPerez.

Bokamper’s Memorial Day Ceremony: A Tribute to Our Heroes 5/27/19

Bokamper’s Memorial Day Ceremony: A Tribute to Our Heroes
Monday, 05/27/2019 – 05/27/2019 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grill
3115 NE 32nd Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
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On Monday, May 27th at 6pm, Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill’s Fort Lauderdale location will host a Memorial Day Ceremony with special guests including: Kim ‘Bo’ Bokamper; Honor Flight South Florida & Veterans; Katie Sheahan; Police Pipe & Drum Corps of Florida; Fort Lauderdale Police Honor Guard; Project Courage Foundation; JROTC Pompano Beach High School Honor Guard & Color Guard; Military Personnel & Vehicles; US Army Reserve Fort Lauderdale Unit & Combat Engineering Group; Nova Singers & Nova Southeastern University; and more for a patriotic tribute.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the United States of America. Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill has designated the entire month of May to pay “Tribute to Our Heroes”. Leaving no stone unturned, guests will have a variety of opportunities to participate from Wednesday, May 1st 2019 – Friday, May 31st 2019 at all Bokampers’ locations.

$1 DONATION:
• Message card to be displayed in-store all month long.

$5 DONATION:
• Buy a Veteran a beer (ice cold and served to a Veteran on Memorial Day)
• Message card (to be displayed in-store all month long)
• Bokamper’s Memorial Day Souvenir Koozie

All proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight South Florida, Inc.

Mr. Hospitality Celebrates 10-year Anniversary of “My Boyfriend is Out of Town” at Bâoli 4/24/19

Mr. Hospitality Celebrates 10-year Anniversary of “My Boyfriend is Out of Town” at Bâoli
Wednesday, 04/24/2019 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
Bâoli Miami
1906 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free

You can only turn 10 once! Miami’s longest running weekly ladies’ night, My Boyfriend is Out of Town at Bâoli hits double digits on Wednesday, April 24th. Known for its nightly transformations and late-night dinner parties, the restaurant and lounge will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a one-of-a-kind extravaganza unlike any other in the heart of Miami Beach.

During the celebration, revelers will be transported to a chateau of pink and champagne gold with live burlesque performances, Instagrammable-worthy custom photo booth and exclusive 10-year anniversary surprises and giveaways. Dinner guests can explore unique Asian-inspired flavors and enjoy signature Mr. Hospitality dishes.

70th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Holiday Parade 12/2/18

70th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Holiday Parade
Sunday, 12/02/2018 – 12/02/2018 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Downtown Coral Gables
405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

Get up and boogie this December!
The founding event of the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival! Thousands of children and young people take to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables in this celebration of active youth and community! The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is a 70-year tradition in South Florida created especially for the kids — and perfect for families. Featuring a vivid arrangement of marching bands, colorful floats, community groups and creative parade units.

Date: December 2, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Open to the public, free to attend
VIP Experience Tickets: https://www.juniororangebowl.org/vip-parade-experience.html

10th Annual Veterans Day Parade 11/11/18

10th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Sunday, 11/11/2018 – 11:11 am –
Ocean Drive
500 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free

11:11 am-Parade with Marching Bands, Veterans and More
along Ocean Drive (5 to 14 streets)
Noon- All Veterans Parachute Team, Wreath Laying Ceremony & Picnic
Lummus Park | 1130 Ocean Drive

Pollinator Parade 11/3/18

Pollinator Parade
Saturday, 11/03/2018 – 03:30 pm – 05:00 pm
Miami Shores Green Day
9700 NE 2nd Ave.,
Miami Shores, Florida 33138
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Cost: Free

Imagine a community where #kids, #pets and #pollinators thrive. On Nov. 3, our children will march for nontoxic solutions to pest and weed control at #GreenDayMiamiShores. We’ll not only educate the public on safe alternatives but will empower local youth.

We’ll march to beats provided by drummer Ryan Hecker, but kids may bring their own instruments to play along! Costumes, artwork, props and signs are also encouraged.

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We’ll have FREE FACE PAINTING from 3:30-4:30 (with non-toxic paint, by the talented Lisa Hernandez), FREE KAZOOS for the first 10 kids and costume items for purchase.

PARADE BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 4:30.

ROUTE:
We’ll start at the Bound by Beauty booth on 2nd Ave. (booth # & location TBD) at 4:30, walk north to 100th St., then south to 95th St., then back to the booth around 5pm.

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This event is a collaboration between Bound by Beauty, Pesticide Free Miami, Pesticide-Free Miami Shores and Inspiration Pollination.

70th Annual Parade 12/2/2018

70th Annual Parade
Sunday, 12/02/2018 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Downtown Coral Gables
220 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

Join and support Marquee community event that attracts 10,000+ attendees to downtown Coral Gables.

Hundreds of parents, coaches, and fans attend the parade to watch the action. All games are free to the public and free to attend. The parade is advertised to encourage the community and fans to attend.

For more info, please visit https://www.juniororangebowl.org/

Contact info:
Alexandria Wuttke
a.wuttke@jrorangebowl.org
305-662-1210

CityPlace Doral’s Feel the Green 3/17/18

CityPlace Doral’s Feel the Green
Saturday, 03/17/2018 – 02:00 pm – 10:00 pm
CityPlace Doral
8300 NW 36th Street,
Doral, Florida 33166
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Cost: Free

Enjoy family- friendly entertainment, green beer garden, beats by DJ Kat Lane & DJ Legato from Hits 97.3 FM, and more!

Best Irish Attire Contest at 8pm.

Play Escape Room Games After The Parade! 3/11/18

Play Escape Room Games After The Parade!
Sunday, 03/11/2018 – 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
Boxroom Escape Games
2042 Hollywood Blvd,
Hollywood, FL, Florida 33020
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Cost: 33

After the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Downtown Hollywood, come by Boxroom Escape Games dressed in green and get 15% off your booking! Can’t play that day? Stop by anyway and we’ll give you a special promo code you can use at your convenience!

Little Lighthouse Foundation Children’s Halloween Parade in Miami Beach 10/28/17

Little Lighthouse Foundation Children’s Halloween Parade in Miami Beach
Saturday, 10/28/2017 – 01:30 pm – 04:30 pm
Lummus Park
1130 Ocean Dr,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Cost: Free

On Saturday, October 28 at 1:30pm, the Little Lighthouse Foundation invites children and their families to the 3rd Annual Children’s Halloween Parade at Lummus Park in Miami Beach. Attendance is FREE and includes trick-or-treating along an established route within the park, with treat stations and fun activities for children along the way. Children will finish the afternoon inside the Nightmare on the Beach Village for a Halloween party featuring interactive games, a monster mash dance-off, face painting, and a costume contest.

2017 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival 6/17/17


2017 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival
Saturday, 06/17/2017 – 03:00 pm –
Wilton Drive (Five Points/NE 26th Street to NE 20th Street)
Wilton Drive,
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305
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Cost: Free

For the 18th consecutive year, the City of Wilton Manors will host the largest LGBT pride event in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the Stonewall Parade and Festival draws nearly 40,000 participants from across the U.S. This year, the marketplace, which will open at 3 p.m., will feature more than 100 vendors, exhibitors and food trucks. At 4 p.m., the much-anticipated Stonewall Parade will travel down the north side of Wilton Drive. Four stages will feature live music, DJs, and local performers throughout the day.

Cinco De Mayo celebration at Cantina La Veinte, W Brickell 5/5/17

Cinco De Mayo celebration at Cantina La Veinte, W Brickell
Friday, 05/05/2017 – 05/06/2017 07:00 pm – 03:00 am
Cantina La Veinte
495 Brickell Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33131

Cost:

Make your reservation now to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at South Florida’s leading Mexican restaurant, Cantina La Veinte. Located at W Brickell, join us for an evening filled with surprises, live music, mariachis, Cantina Margaritas and more!

Wild Holidays at Jungle Island 12/24/16-1/8/17

Wild Holidays at Jungle Island
Saturday, 12/24/2016 – 01/08/2017 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Jungle-Island-Wild-HolidayJungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $39.95 for adults and $32.95 for children, plus tax.

Go wild this holiday season with a wildlife celebration at Jungle Island. South Florida’s popular attraction invites little and big elves alike to Wild Holidays – a two-week family-friendly affair featuring holiday parades with the park’s wild animal friends, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts through the jungle and much more. Wild Holidays at Jungle Island takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 24, 2016-January 8, 2017. $39.95 for adults and $32.95 for children, plus tax. For more information, call 305-400-7000 or visit www.jungleisland.com. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

Holiday on the Mile Parade 11/27/16

Holiday on the Mile Parade
Sunday, 11/27/2016 – 04:00 pm –
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Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

The “Holiday on the Mile” Parade is the perfect way to end the Thanksgiving weekend and kickoff the holiday season with loved ones. The Parade route will begin on Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon, head south to Miracle Mile, and finish at the grandstands in front of City Hall on Biltmore Way. Every holiday season for 68 years the Junior Orange Bowl Parade has celebrated youth, community, and culture with floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, vintage cars, and much more. The parade is free to attend and open to the public.

Miami Beach Veteran’s Day Parade & Picnic 11/11/16

Miami Beach Veteran’s Day Parade & Picnic
Friday, 11/11/2016 – 11:00 am – 02:00 pm
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5th – 14th & Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free

Join us for our annual Veterans Day parade on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:11 a.m.

In celebration of Veterans Day, Miami Beach will hold the annual parade along Ocean Drive from 5 Street to 14 Street, turning on 14 Street until we reach the Flamingo Park Baseball Stadium. The parade is followed by a ceremony and picnic with a demonstration from the All-Veterans Parachute Team at Flamingo Park Baseball Stadium (12 Street & 15 Street – aka 1435 Michigan Avenue)

Noon – 1:00 p.m.:
Ceremony, Parachute Team Demonstration & Picnic at Flamingo Park Baseball Stadium

There will be an exciting line up of floats, veteran marching bands and a high-flying all veterans parachute team that will come in for a landing at Flamingo Park for a wreath laying ceremony and free picnic.

Presenting sponsor is the Miami Beach Medical Group. Partners include Coca-Cola, Miami Beach Suncare, Super Cars of Miami, Y-100, T-Mobile, Peterson’s Harley Davidsons.

Deck the Walls Block Party & Beer Launch 11/5/16

Deck the Walls Block Party & Beer Launch
Saturday, 11/05/2016 – 01:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Deck-The-Walls-copyConcrete Beach Brewery
325 NW 24th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free. Beer prices vary.

Concrete Beach is taking the party to the streets as they shut down 24th Street between NW 5th and NW 2nd for an old fashioned block party to celebrate the launch of Deck the Walls, the brewery’s newest limited beer. The event will feature local food trucks, performances by Electric Kif and Afrobeta, a live painting competition by talented artists from BakeHouse Art Complex, a Wynwood-based non-profit art incubator, and even an auction. In true holiday spirit, $1 from every beer sold, up to $1,000, will be donated to BakeHouse.

Trunk ‘N Treat 10/30/16

Trunk ‘N Treat
Sunday, 10/30/2016 – 09:30 am – 04:30 pm
600600p486ednmain862dsc02272Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, www.fairchildgarden.org,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
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Cost: $25

Calling all car and costume lovers!

Join us for a day of fall fun as we welcome Trunk ‘N Treat, with a Halloween twist, back to Fairchild! Trick-or-treat through the cars, see how the cars and their owners dress up, explore the Garden on a Critter Hunt or stay for the car parade at 4:00 p.m. to see the cars parade out of the Garden in their costumes!

Check back soon for a complete schedule for the day!

Junior Orange Bowl Parade 2016 11/27/16

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Junior Orange Bowl Parade 2016
Sunday, 11/27/2016 – 04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
The Junior Orange Bowl 66th Annual ParadeDowntown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile
220 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, Florida 33155
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Cost: Free

The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is the marquee community event of the annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival. The parade is a celebration of youth, community, and culture as floats, cars, bands and much more march through the streets of downtown Coral Gables.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Viewing Party 4/10/16

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Viewing Party
Sunday, 04/10/2016 – 11:30 am – 02:00 pm
PrideSplitAdPalace Bar
1200 Ocean Drive,
Miami, Florida 33139
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Cost: $145 per person

It’s almost time for the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival and the Palace gates are blowing wide open for the festivities on Sunday, April 10th!

Palace’s Annual Pride Parade Viewing Party kicks off at 11:30am for the biggest PRIDE celebration to date. Our guests this year can enjoy a cool & swanky seat right on Ocean Drive under our over-sized umbrellas, commentary throughout the parade by our host Missy Meyakie LePaige, a delicious brunch from our special “Pride Brunch” menu and a personal bottle of chilled champagne (choose from Veuve Clicquot or Perrier Jouet), as well as a few surprises throughout the seating, for just $145.

This event sells out every year and tables are going FAST. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this year’s parade at Palace.

For reservations, visit our website: http://palacesouthbeach.com/reservations/.
For more information, contact us at info@palacesouthbeach.com.

Spooky Empire Mid-Season Convention with Megastar & Shock Rocker Alice Cooper 4/1/16 – 4/3/16

Spooky Empire Mid-Season Convention with Megastar & Shock Rocker Alice Cooper
Friday, 04/01/2016 – 04/03/2016 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Spooky-Empire-Poster-revised-1The Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819,
Orlando, Florida 32819
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Cost: 3 Day Passes: $60 | 1 day passes Fri & Sun: $30 | Saturday: $35 | VIP: $199

Spooky Empire, who hosts the ‘Ultimate Horror Weekend’, one of the largest horror conventions in the nation every October, returns by popular demand, to its old stomping grounds for their mid-season convention on April 1 – 3, 2016 at The Wyndham Orlando Resort. The annual weekend event will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, Q&A’s led by special guests, and a tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists such as renowned tattoo artists from Ink Master on hand to tattoo eager guests. The weekend will also include a pre-con retro party on Thursday night, with music, movies, and more, plus after-hours events for paid attendees on Friday and Saturday, all taking place at Gatorville poolside. Expected celebrity guests include megastar and shock rocker Alice Cooper; the cast of Weird Science: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock; Drea de Matteo from The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, and Shades of Blue; Paul Sorvino from Goodfellas and Repo: The Genetic Opera; Godzilla actor and stunt performer Tsutomu Kitagawa; the Dream Warriors from A Nightmare on Elm Street and many more. Purchase tickets in advance as prices increase at the door.

Christmas Caroling on Lincoln Road and A Very Cabaret Christmas at The National Hotel 12/20/15

Christmas Caroling on Lincoln Road and A Very Cabaret Christmas
Sunday, 12/20/2015 – 07:30 pm –
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lincoln road,
miami beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: free

Presented by Randy Singer in conjunction with Edison Farrow and Novell Allen

We welcome you to lend your voice and holiday cheer as we carol, singing Christmas songs on Lincoln Rd. Last year was a blast, but this year, thanks to the National Hotel South Beach, we will have an after party where we can continue the music long into the night.

Complete with a toy drive, live music, a costume contest, Cabaret dancers, a few hundred enthusiastic carolers, and a grand piano, we thought it’d be a unique way to create wonderful, lasting memories. This event is open to the S. Florida community so feel free invite friends and family.

TIME SCHEDULE
At 7:30pm, We will all gather at Lincoln Rd. in front of the former Van Dyke Cafe. Organizer Lululemon, will lead our path as we carol throughout Lincoln Rd. Here is the time line:

-We will begin singing at Lincoln Rd. at 8pm.
-Ending at Euclid Circle, we will go down to Washington/Lincoln at 8:30pm.
-We’ll then stroll and sing our way over to the National Hotel at 9pm.

DECO DRIVE will be video taping us TUESDAY December 15 for our rehearsal and show. PLEASE JOIN US and the musicians from “The Cabaret” at noon at the National Hotel Dec 14th for rehearsal and be FEATURED ON DECO DRIVE. Please wear festive clothing.

Here is the songlist and lyrics for the rehearsal on Dec 14th and the official show on Dec 20th so you can read them from your mobile phone as we sing.

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Tis The Season: The Falls Hosts 19th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade 11/21/15

Tis The Season: The Falls Hosts 19th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade
Saturday, 11/21/2015 – 04:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Falls
8888 SW 136th Street,
Miami, Florida 33176
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Cost: Free

Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at The Falls! On Saturday, November 21, The Falls Shopping Center will ring in the season with the 19th Annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade. This year, the free event will be led by celebrity Grand Marshal, Raini Rodriguez, of The Disney Channel’s ‘Austin & Ally’ series.

Each year, the annual event is attended by more than 20,000 Miami residents and visitors. Miami-Dade dignitaries and celebrities alike will ride through the parade in vintage and convertible cars. In addition to local dignitaries and Raini Rodriguez, the parade features local marching bands, holiday-themed floats, bag pipers, stilt walkers, junkanoos, giant puppets, holiday character favorites, community groups and internationally recognized costumed characters.

Listen for jingling sleigh bells and a jolly, magical laugh because after the parade, Santa Claus will set up in Center Court to share the spirit of the holiday season! The spirit of the holidays will extend beyond the North Pole. Following the parade, visitors will be enchanted by the thousands of lights, giant animal topiaries, elaborate water elements and more in the shopping center’s gardens and waterfalls.

Following the holiday parade, Raini Rodriguez will perform on the Center Court stage at 6:30 PM, singing joyous holiday music. Guests will also enjoy entertainment including a magical snow globe performance, belly dancing and more, near Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s.

Additionally, retailers will offer great holiday shopping opportunities, in-store promotions and specials, many of which are included in The Falls Holiday Coupon Book! Please visit Simon Guest Services at The Falls for more information.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and line both sides of the parade route before the 4:00 p.m. kick-off. The parade route, which is located on the Boulevard in between the center and the parking lot, will start at the east end of The Falls, in front of Bloomingdale’s and traverse the entire length of the center, west to Macy’s.

Miami Broward Carnival Kings/Queens, Official J’Ouvert and Parade of Bands and Concert 10/9/15 – 10/11/15

Miami Broward Carnival Kings/Queens/Individuals and Panorama
Friday, October 9, 2015, 3 p.m.—11 p.m.
Central Broward Regional Park
3700 NW 11th Pl
Lauderhill, FL 33311
Admission: $15 advance tickets (on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)

Miami Broward Carnival Official J’Ouvert
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Central Broward Regional Park
3700 NW 11th Pl
Lauderhill, FL 33311
Admission: $20 advance tickets (on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)

Miami Broward Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert
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Miami-Dade Fairgrounds
10901 Southwest 24 Street
Miami, FL 33165
Admission: $27 online (on-line & select South Florida retail outlets)
www.miamibrowardcarnival.com

Hosted and produced by the Miami Broward Carnival One Carnival Host Committee, this feast of cultural celebration showcases the vast diversity that is the Caribbean culture of Carnival with culinary delights indigenous to the Caribbean, melodious sounds of steel bands, and colorful and elaborate masquerade costumes. This year’s parade of masqueraders includes 19 bands that have been working all year on their portrayals and costume designs.

The #MiamiCarnival music stage will include energizing performances by some of today’s top heavy weight Soca artists. The star-studded concert is headlined by Trinidad’s own Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal Band. Other live performances include: Xplosion Band, Dil-e-Nadan, Fadda Fox, Snakey, Menace, Laurena Davis, Claudette Peters, Rudy, Ricardo Drue, Julian Believe, Lyrikal, MC Wassy, and MC-Da Mighty Pencil. Notable DJs who will be behind the decks all day long include: Dynasty, SoSo, 99 Jamz-DJ Waggy T, Renny, Supa Trackz, Choice-One, Rude-Deck and Barrie Hype.

Grand Marshalls for the parade: Sharissa Ryan-Ms. Jaycees Queen-Ms. Montserrat Queen, Miami Broward Carnival Queen 2015.

2015 Miami Broward Carnival Mas Bands and Portrayals
Bajan Fuh Eva (Rum Wild), Breakaway Kru, LLC (Las Vegas Girls), D-Junction Mas (Blissful Dreams), Euphoria Productions (Uncaged), Freaks (A Journey Through the Caribbean), Fusion Carnival LLC (Welcome to Africa), Fun Generation (The Journey of Sampson), Generation-X (The Spirit of Carnival), Island Gems, LLC (Caribbean Flavors), Jamboree Mas, LLC (Paint My Soul), Major Players (Thru Hell and Back), Mascots International (Under the Big Top), One Island Band (A Novel Idea), Party Room Squad (Wonders), Radikal International (Out of India), Revel Nation Carnival (Kosmic Elements), The Carnival Republic (Legends of Persia), Ti Chapo (It’s Paradise in the Caribbean), Wassi Ones (Dey In It).

2015 Miami Broward Carnival Steelbands
Karibbean Knights, Sticks “N”Tones, Silverstars USA, Pantastic Steel, Tamboo Bamboo, Resurrection Steel

King Mango Strut 12/28/14

King Mango Strut
Sunday, 12/28/2014 – 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Streets of Coconut Grove
Commodore Plaza, Main Highway, Grand Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33133
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Cost: Free

The King Mango Strut is the craziest event in South Florida. Enduring 33 years, it is the most fun event Miami has to offer, full of irreverent, creative, wacky people making fun of everything and anybody. And, it’s full of music, including Iko-Iko, Mr. Nice Guy, Memphis Kelly Band, Roadkill, and School of Rock. It also features Little Miss Mango/Little King Mango competition, where everyone wins and rides in the parade. Bring your kids to Commodore Plaza at 1:00 p.m. to join in. The after party, on Commodore Plaza, with 4 live bands, continues until 6:00 p.m. If you want to laugh all day, and dance into the evening, this is for you!
If you want to BE IN IT, visit our website for an entry form, www.kingmangostrut.org, or call our hotline at 305-582-0955

Photographs of Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on 4/13/14

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  What an awesome day, so much fun, so many awesome people, we should do this more often.

Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary two-day event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.”

Miami Beach Gay Pride Mission: “Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community. Established by former Miami Beach Mayor, Matti Bower, as an initiative of the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Council, Miami Beach Gay Pride is a not-for-profit organization that produces free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, and that include the Parade, Festival, Expo, and adjunct, officially sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride events.”

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Miami Beach Gay Pride Superlux VIP Lounge Co-Hosted by Chambord Spirits 4/11/14-4/13/14

Miami Beach Gay Pride Superlux VIP Lounge Co-Hosted by Chambord Spirits
April 11-13 2014
Miami Beach, FL
www.miamibeachgaypride.com

Chambord Spirits collaborate with über chic brand SuperLux Lounge to create the ultimate VIP experience

Miami Beach Gay Pride hits the South Florida sand this week. The festival will bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community. The exciting array of events takes place on Miami Beach from April 11-13 2014. Chambord Spirits will co-host an ultra-VIP concept with SuperLux Lounge (www.superLuxLounge.com), providing those who want something a bit more exclusive during the festivities.

Established by former Miami Beach Mayor, Matti Bower, Miami Beach Gay Pride is an initiative of the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Council. Miami Beach Gay Pride is a not-for-profit organization that produces free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, and that include the Parade, Festival, Expo, and adjunct, officially sanctioned Miami Beach Gay Pride events. It’s grown into a potpourri of receptions, gatherings and full-on celebration.

Chambord Spirits along with SuperLux Lounge will provide the ultimate location for those wanting a very VIP experience, during some of the most exciting elements of Pride (including the parade on Sunday April 13). SuperLux Lounge is an exclusive luxury oasis where guests will have the opportunity to meet, and mingle with an eclectic group of Miami’s trendsetters, and socialites during the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and street party. SuperLux Lounge offers a premier location on the rooftop Vue Terrace of the newly renovated Hotel Victor.

Guests will enjoy exclusive views of the Miami Beach Pride Parade as well as a complimentary glass of champagne upon entry. Guests will also be treated to a complimentary refreshment bar with fresh gourmet fruit as well as fruit infused sparkling waters. There will also be an assortment of top-shelf cocktails and beverages to meet even the most discriminating of taste. Drinks will be priced from $5.00 to $13.00. For a sample of the drink menu please visit www.SuperLuxLoungelounge.com/drinks.

SuperLux Lounge will also host a Pride Brunch on the Hotel Victor rooftop Vue Terrace starting at 10:00AM until 1:00PM. The buffet brunch will be all-inclusive and will consist of a variety of fresh and delectable items. No Miami Beach Gay Pride Brunch is complete without Mimosas and Bellini’s so, sit back and relax while sipping bottomless Mimosas and Bellini’s at SuperLux Lounge. Brunch is $55.00USD and reservations are required for premium seating areas. For brunch please visit www.SuperLuxLounge.com. Mercedes Benz of Miami is also sponsor of the brunch.

Chambord Spirits includes Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur and the groundbreaking new taste experience Chambord Flavored Vodka. The exquisite taste of Chambord Flavored Vodka is the result of fine ingredients and a delicate process that forms a perfect balance of premium-quality French vodka and extraordinary black raspberry flavor. Chambord Flavored Vodka delivers the floral aromatics of the hibiscus flower with notes of vanilla, white chocolate and the distinctive flavor of the original Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, delivering a unique and satisfying taste experience when enjoyed straight or in a wide variety of cocktails. These delightful and sleek premier brands will be on hand during the SuperLux Lounge experience at Miami Beach Gay Pride. The Chambord Spirits are part of the Brown Forman Beverages family of brands. Follow: @ChambordSpirits on Twitter and Instagram. Please Enjoy Chambord Responsibly. ©2013 Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, 16.5% – 23% Alc. By Vol. ©2013 Chambord Flavored Vodka, 37.5% Alc. By Vol. Imported By Brown-Forman, Louisville, Ky.

Brown Forman Beverages, one of the largest American owned companies in the spirits and wine business also received a perfect score recently on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. The company has made great strides to actively support the mission of equality and the LGBT community for the last several years. As leaders of the spirit industry, Brown-Forman has proudly served its customers with a wide array of acclaimed products for decades. From traditional hundred year old recipes like Herradura Tequila to the sleek Chambord Vodka, traditional old favorites like Jack Daniel’s to the newer Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, the brands are recognized across the country for quality and support in the markets they are in. Brown-Forman, believes in producing and promoting their brands responsibly, safeguarding the environment and helping to enhance the local community.

Los Ranchos at the Falls After Party for 17th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade 11/23/13

Los Ranchos at the Falls After Party for 17th Annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m
Los Ranchos Steakhouse at The Falls Terrace
8888 SW 136 Street
Miami, FL 33176.

Los Ranchos Steakhouse at The Falls will host the first ever official Holiday Parade After Party. The public is invited to attend the after party, which begins immediately following the end of the parade. The restaurant will offer free appetizers and diverse drinks at reduced prices. The Los Ranchos Mariachis will perform at the after party, as well as in the parade. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

“We feel like there is no better way to kick off the holidays than with a party featuring live music, a bite to eat and drink specials. Our terrace is the perfect setting,” said Evelyn Alvarado, General Manager.

Los Ranchos, now an Icon in Miami, was founded in 1981 and was the first restaurant to introduce the Churrasco, Gallo Pinto, and Tres Leches to the Miami community, all of which are now considered classic staples of Miami’s Latin cuisine. The Latin Steakhouse known for its chimichurri flavored tenderloin churrascos, has expanded to four restaurant locations including Hialeah’s Westland Mall, Bayside Marketplace, The Falls and its original location in Sweetwater. Los Ranchos uniquely services all of its fresh hand cut steaks and signature sauces daily, and direct from its own specialized commissary, ensuring that all guests enjoy the same top quality and consistency.

2013 Miami Broward Carnival Jouvert 10/12/13

2013 Miami Broward Carnival Jouvert
Saturday, 10/12/2013 – 07:00 am – 01:00 pm
China-an-Miami-Rhythm-Section-We-READYCentral Broward Regional Park
3700 NW 11th Place,
Lauderhill, Florida 33311
Facebook Link
Cost: 55.00

J’ouvert (pronounced “Jou-vay”) is derived from French patois and means ‘daybreak’. Jouvert marks the official start of carnival celebrations. The first revelers hit the streets – jumping, dancing, shouting – abetted, it must be admitted, by the fine local rum, but fueled more by the exhilaration of the occasion. Most revelers usually join sections in which hundreds of people party together with the vibrant sounds of the so-called “engine room” which is comprised of a “core” set of instruments, including the brake iron (discarded car brake drums), shak-shak (shaker), scratcher (a metal guiro), toc-toc (claves), cowbell, and bottle and spoon, drum set, congas, and occasional other instruments as part of the engine room. The brake iron is played with a metal rod to produce a high-pitched sound.

Enter the Miami Rhythm Section in collaboration with the China Mas Group. We are one of a number of Caribbean Carnival Mas bands participating in the Miami-Broward 2013 Jouvert infusion into the cultural consciousness of the South Florida Caribbean Diaspora. Part and parcel of Jouvert is rhythm and steel–The miami Rhythm section represents the so called “engine room” referenced above.

Miami Heat Parade 6/24/13

Miami Heat Parade
Monday, June 24, 11am-12:30pm
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The parade’s one-way route starts at SW 8 St @ SW 2 Ave in Brickell at 11am. The parade caravan will then head north on Brickell Avenue, across the bridge, curve right onto Biscayne Boulevard and continue North. The parade route will end at the American Airlines Arena (NE 8 St) by approximately 12:30pm

Parade-goers are encouraged to spread out along the entire route. Please note that backpacks are prohibited.

Metromover will be operating with additional cars.

Stations for Parade Route:
Brickell
Eight Street
Fifth Street
Bayfront Park
College/Bayside

Stations to reach AAA:
Freedom Tower
Park West

Due to road closures in the downtown Miami and Brickell areas, several Metrobus routes will be detoured, including routes 3, 6, 8, 11, 24, 48, 77, 207, 208, C and S.

Free parking is available at Park and Ride lots.

Fania Records Presents Elements Of Life Eclipse Release Party 3/19/13

Fania Records Presents Elements Of Life Eclipse Release Party
Tuesday, 03/19/2013, 08:00 pm – 01:00 am
PAX
337 S.W. 8th Street,
Miami, Florida 33130
Webpage Link

Fania Records announced today the release of Elements Of Life ‘Eclipse,’ a 2-disc album from Louie Vega’s critically acclaimed live orchestral project. The album is set for a worldwide release date of March 19, 2013, and is the first new artist album Fania is releasing in years. The first disc showcases 17 brand new tracks from Elements Of Life that tastefully traverse the sounds of Afrobeat, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Brazilian and World Music all woven with the golden touch of Grammy Award winning Producer/Artist/DJ Louie Vega. The second disc includes “EOL Soulfrito” an homage to Fania Records through interpretations and remixes of classic Fania songs performed by the Elements Of Life in a 33-minute sound collage as well as six more bonus tracks. Louie Vega connected with the legendary Fania Records after doing the smash club remix of his uncle Hector Lavoe’s “Mi Gente” track back in 2008. Louie elaborates, “At that time I started working on my new Elements Of Life album. Fania was already aware of my previous E.O.L. albums and when they got wind, they wanted to hear it. Once they heard it, they were very interested in signing it. I was in awe of the idea. Things really would go full cycle being on Fania Records.”

9th Annual Thanksgiving Parade 11/6/12

9th Annual Thanksgiving Parade
Tuesday, 11/06/2012, 02:30 pm – 03:30 pm
Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc.
5200 NE 2nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33137
Webpage Link

2012 Toy Drive kickoff begins with the 9th annual Miami Jewish Health Systems Thanksgiving Parade featuring Mayor Regalado, City of Miami Police Dept., Burnie from the Miami Heat, Marching Bands, Carival Dancers. Over 700 residents and guests will participate.

If you would like to donate a toy or toys, please drop them at the security gate.

HalloWynwood 10/27/12

HalloWynwood
Saturday, October 27th, 6pm – Midnight
HWinviteThe Armory Studios
572 NW 23rd Street
Wynwood FL 33127
Register Now @ www.hallowynwood.com
 
Parade & Costume Contest
– Killer Koncert Series: Headlined by Beatmachines & Krisp
– Magical Marketplace: By 305 Green
– Haunted Gallery: By Miami’s Independent Thinkers
– Pop – Up Highlights: Ramona Love & her Hoops
– "Tricks n Treats": all participants in the costume contest / parade plus all kids get a gift bag with caramel corn provided by Kilwin’s Chocolatier on Lincoln Rd. SOBE and a pinata of treats from other Wicked vendors
– Disgustingly Delicious Costume Prizes: hair cuts, store and restaurant gift cards from even more of the Wicked 
– Bar with all sorts of Bloody Brews and Creepy Cocktails
 
Hosted by Niki EM

We evolve and so does our life expanding to involve all types of people of all kinds and ages. What attracts us to Art Walk? . . . could it be that the borders between our differences begin to melt away being replaced by a desire to create?
This is the environment we empower; a creative space where young and old alike as well as peoples of all walks of life are free to be … ; and during what better festivity than Halloween to set the stage for this to happen?! What neighborhood could be more creative and inviting to crowds than Wynwood?!
 
As Twilight Turns Into Dusk, then night, stay on – this is an evening of concerts, games, costume contest and festivities for creatives of all ages to enjoy!!!
 
Get in a scary mood, put on a hood – all the clothes you never thought you could… 
Ba a part of the art, DJ’s, food trucks’s, body painting, pumping heart
Halloween, you’re the queen accessorizing, everything you’ve ever seen
bouncing castle, costumes – balloons; Surprises. Surprises and Tunez!
 
Halloween is here, before you know it - 
It’s day for us all! Come out = Show it!
1st time in the hood; descending upon Wynwood
Put your "suit" on, Get your Spook-On at Hallowynwood!
 
Your freakiest costume, your funkiest gear; 
Get creative, discover your native, join us to hear . . . 
The best music, and voices we’ll defiantly make noises
Be a part of the art – pop up – from the start
 
More Freaky details to be unearthed . . .  
Looking forward . Evolution . Music – Art – Fashion – Dance – Design – Culture / Miami

Columbus Day Regatta 10/5/12-10/7/12

Columbus Day Regatta
regattaOctober 5-7, depends on day
Coral Reef Yacht Club
2484 S. Bayshore Dr.
Miami, FL, 33133
http://columbusdayregatta.net/
 
Now celebrating its 58th anniversary, BACARDI is excited to return as title sponsor, promising exciting racing and festivities for this rich sailing tradition. The BACARDI Columbus Day Regatta is arguably one of South Florida’s largest regatta drawing over 100 boats each year from as far as Palm Beach and Monroe Counties.
 
With Bacardi’s renewed marketing efforts in the world of sailing, The BACARDI Columbus Day Regatta is now a perfect fit with MIAMI SAILING WEEK featuring The BACARDI Cup and bringing together two oldest regattas in Miami. under the Bacardi name.
 
“We’re so pleased to have BACARDI helping support the Columbus Day Regatta. This is a true testament to the legacy of sailing in Miami,” says Mark Pincus, Regatta Chairman. “The continued partnership strengthens the regatta for years to come and helps support our efforts with Sailors for the Sea and junior sailing programs in South Florida.”
 
Last year over 100 boats registered and this year 150 are expected. The BACARDI Columbus Day Regatta is expecting a large increase in entries due to the new concerted efforts by local sailing clubs to promote sailing on Biscayne Bay. It is estimated that over 1,000 sailors will be participating in the regatta and spending time in Coconut Grove. Now a tradition, the Dockside BBQ and BACARDI Bar at Coral Reef Yacht Club has become the premier Saturday night sailing event… better than any party down at Elliot Key. As it has been since the first regatta in 1954, all land activities will take place at Coral Reef Yacht Club including Friday’s Skipper’s meeting, Saturday night’s Dockside BBQ and the Awards Party the following week, Saturday October 13.
 
The regatta is open to monohulls and multihulls in eleven different classes, ensuring there is a perfect class for everyone. Skippers can choose from the straightforward Gunkhole class, perfect for new entrants and cruising sailors, to the ARC and PHRF classes that zigzag their way across the bay.  All classes are scored on the PHRF  handicap system. Trophies will be awarded to the first three boats as well as numerous perpetual trophies. Skippers should refer to the Notice of Race (NOR) available at www.columbusdayregatta.net  for docking information, which must be made in advanced.

Miami Broward Carnival 10/7/12

The 4th Annual Miami Broward Carnival
carnivalOctober 7, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sun Life Stadium
2269 Dan Marino Blvd.
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Tickets for the concert and stage show are on sale now for just $20.00.
Children under 12 years old are free.
Groups can also take advantage of a discount; with the Buy-4, Get-1-Free group discount.
Schedule and Tickets www.MiamiBrowardCarnival.com .

This event celebrates the pulsating steel pan and soca music, dazzling costumes, sumptuous foods and lively spirit of South Florida’s Caribbean and international community, with an action packed schedule of festivities  including these marquee events:
·  Junior Carnival  – September 30, 2012
·  Parade of Bands – October 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
·  Concert and Stage Show – October 7, 2012 inside Sun Life Stadium
·  And numerous electrifying Carnival events leading up to the main attraction

Under the direction of The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) lead by Executive Director, Ruthven Williams, this year’s Carnival revelers and spectators will be stirred by flag-waving festivities celebrating the 15 countries of the Caribbean along with Latin American cultures woven into the colorful fabric of South Florida.”The Pageantry of Mas Costumes, Steel Bands and the Host of Caribbean artist performing on Columbus Day weekend will only add to the excitement and enjoyment by all who attend this spectacular celebration .This year, as we commemorate the golden jubilee of both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s Independence, we welcome all to South Florida for Miami Broward Carnival 2012″ said Executive Director, Ruthven Williams.

Miami Broward Carnival is expected to attract over 50,000 revelers and spectators from across the world. To inquire about playing maswith a Mas Band in the Carnival Parade, to becomea sponsor,or for vendorspace, contact Miami Broward Carnival committee member, Rafiek Muhammed at 954-806-8396 or 305-653-1877. Or email info@miamibrowardecarnival.com. Miami Broward Carnival Inc. 18425 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 335 Miami, Fl 33169.

For tickets and information visit www.MiamiBrowardCarnival.com, “Like” us at Facebook.com/MiamiBrowardOneCarnival, follow us of Twitter atTwitter.com/MIABROCARNIVAL or watch us on Youtube.com/MIABROCARNIVAL.

Veterans Day Parade 11/11/12

Veterans Day Parade
nov11_parade_flyer_radeventproductionNovember 11, 2012, 2pm -5pm
Centennial Fountain
Centennial Square 
401 Clematis St,
West Palm Beach, FL, 33416

The Centennial Fountain, located in Centennial Square at the south end of Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, can accommodate up to 100 people. This plaza includes benches, tables and chairs, as well as an interactive fountain that is a popular site for children’s play. Street -side parking…
 
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The Annual Palm Beach County Veterans Parade celebrates and honors the valiant courageous service and sacrifice of the brave men and women veterans and their families have given to America. Veterans Parade line up starts at 12:30PM at Clematis and Sapodilla Streets at the west end of Downtown West Palm Beach. For more information please contact Event Planner (Rhonda Davis 954-687-3074 / email: info@radeventproduction.com)
 
Everyone Welcome!!

Chalk Miami Beach Truly OUTrageous Parade Float Gay Pride Weekend 2012 4/15/12

Chalk Miami Beach – Truly OUTrageous Parade Float -Gay Pride Weekend 2012
April 15th 2012, 12:00pm
Gay Pride Parade 2012/Ocean Drive
Chalk Miami Beach
1234 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
cindy@chalkmiami.com

Chalk Miami Beach celebrates Gay Pride Weekend 2012 by participating in the annual parade along Ocean Drive on South Beach. The float will be a “Truly OUTrageous” spectacle filled with a wild cast of characters along with local influencers, supporters, friends and family. Our “Rainbow Army” of supporters includes Chalk’s very own Joe Blount, Robert Chalk, Veronica Gessa & singer/promoter Michael M, Erica Fickling & Ernesto Reyes of Veni Vidi Vici, Gino Campodonico of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, femme fatale Dj’s Ess & Emm and Bonnie Beats, DJ Smeejay, Kerry McLaney of Miami’s Independent Thinkers, James Cubby of Wire Magazine, JEI – recording artist & star of Tough Love Miami, Miami’s own Chef Josie from Top Chef, me she of BFGF, Dustin Reffca, David Jon Acosta of Gold Saturn, and that’s not all… we still have some surprises up our sleeves.

At Chalk, we want to celebrate the colorful diversity of our magic city, but most importantly take part in spreading the message of love and acceptance. Chalk is built on the foundation of reciprocity. Our READY, SET, GIVE! Program was developed to support local charitable and social organizations in South Florida throughout the year. Miami Beach businessman and philanthropist, Joseph Blount, founder of Chalk and the Global Health and Society Program at Emory University, is an avid advocate for children’s programs, HIV/AIDS foundations, live performing arts and education for the less advantaged.

Chalk’s philanthropic efforts include: fundraising, providing exposure within the community through both marketing and publicity, and by providing patrons fun entertainment with ping pong. Additionally, Chalk identifies and supports organizations that provide aid for arts and culture, education, health and human services, animals and the environment.

Immediately following the Pride festivities at 6pm head over to Chalk for “Truly OUTrageous”, our after party hosted by Tony Lima and Diesel Fox of Bear Nation, featuring sounds by DJ Pabel Lima and a special performance by JEI. Drink specials include $5 Absolut Cocktails and $3 Bud & Bud Light drafts. Come one come all bears, twinks, muscle Mary’s, T-girls, and Sapphic sisters. Chalk is the place where everyone scores!

Bunny-Palooza at Miami Seaquarium features Ariana Grande as Celebrity Grand Marshal of the Easter Parade 4/6-8/12

Bunny-Palooza at Miami Seaquarium features Ariana Grande as Celebrity Grand Marshal of the Easter Parade
Friday, April 6th to Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 8th
Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL.

Ariana Grande of Hit TV Show Victorious, to be Grand Marshal of Easter Parade for all three days of Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend in Miami gets underway with Bunny-Palooza 2012 at Miami Seaquarium, which hops onto the Easter scene from Friday, April 6th to Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 8th, with the largest parade in the event’s over 10 year history. The Easter Parade will feature Ariana Grande, who plays Cat Valentine, on the hit TV show VICTORIOUS. In addition, guests will enjoy continuous Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day, candy galore and five acres of adrenaline pumping fun with bounce houses, ‘Giant Fun Slide,’ Rock Climbing Wall and, plus many prizes and surprises. A discount offering of $8 off admission to Bunny-Palooza is available with a receipt or coupon from Publix Supermarket. Plus each day 10 lucky fans will have the opportunity to Meet and Greet with Parade Grand Marshal, Ariana Grande. For more information on Bunny-Palooza and how to enter to win a Meet and Greet with Ariana Grande visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.

“Easter is a big deal at Miami Seaquarium,” commented Andrew Hertz, General Manager at Miami Seaquarium. “This year, by bringing in a celebrity Grand Marshal we are building on the tradition that we have created over the course of more than 10 years. The 2012 Bunny-Palooza will be bigger and better than ever before. We are happy to welcome Ariana Grande to our parade and invite all her fans to come out to see her.”

Ariana Grande currently stars as Cat Valentine, on the hit TV show Victorious, which is currently in its third season. Most recently, she was signed to Universal Republic Record label and released her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” which debuted at number 25 on the pop charts. Ariana has more than one million followers on Twitter and has been named one of the Most Asked Actors Online above Charlie Sheen and Reese Witherspoon.

The Easter Parade will start at 12:30 p.m. on each day complete with marching bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and of course the Easter Bunny. In addition, during the festivities, bunny hoppers should be on the lookout for a Golden Egg, which will be hidden in one goodie bag that will be given out during Bunny-Palooza. The Golden Egg will give one lucky child and up to three other family members or friends, admission to Miami Seaquarium for their entire lifetime.
For more information please call (305) 361-5705 ext. 225.

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at www.miamiseaquarium.com. Like Miami Seaquarium on facebook.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Out-Standing Line-Up of Performers 4/15/12

Miami Beach Gay Pride “Out”-Standing Line-Up of Performers
Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 7 p.m.
Lummus Park
Ocean Drive between 10th and 14th Streets
Miami Beach, FL 33139
miamibeachgaypride.com

Grand Marshal Chaz Bono!

Can you say “divas?” Miami Beach Gay Pride will be diva-licious this year when an extraordinary line-up of musical guests take to the stage during the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, which takes place immediately following the colorful parade. Scheduled performers include Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta from the Pussy Cat Dolls, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day. Miami Beach Gay Pride takes place Sunday, April 15, from noon to 7 p.m., along Ocean Drive, and is presented by Stolichnaya® Premium vodka.

“This year’s line-up of entertainers certainly has something for everyone,” said Babak Movahedi, president of the Pride Board of Directors. “From dance to pop and from Broadway to gospel, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival will be a musical sensation.”

With the release of her latest album, “Straight Up with a Twist,” international dance club icon Kristine W found news ways to share “The Power of Music” with her fans — through contemporary jazz. Her venture into this new jazz genre expands upon the incredible success she has enjoyed since the ‘90s in the dance world. She currently holds the world’s record for most consecutive #1 Billboard Club Hits with nine; Madonna and Janet Jackson each had seven in a row.

Following a successful career as an international singer/songwriter, working with such artists as Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Jennifer Lopez, Wynter Gordon released her debut album, “With the Music I Die,” last summer. The first single from the album, “Dirty Talk,” topped the U.S. Dance Chart and was certified three-time Platinum. Her second single off the album, “Til Death,” reached number three on the U.S. Dance Chart. In addition to her solo career, she has recorded songs with Flo Rida, Rhythm Masters, and Freemasons. In 2011, she was nominated for a NewNowNext “Brink of Fame Music Artist” Award and an International Dance Music “Best Break-through Solo Artist” Award.

Since bursting on the global pop scene with the Pussycat Dolls in 2003, Miami native Jessica Sutta has built a reputation as a fan favorite — the sexy glamour icon with a heart of gold. Her solo breakout, “Show Me,” exploded with shuffle-fueled energy, reaffirming Sutta as the soulful vocalist she’s always been. In addition to her career, she has also worked to support marriage equality, and counts her gay fans among her favorites.

For JoJo, the journey has always been filled with music. Her new album “Jumping Trains” explores the ever-shifting middle ground between strength and vulnerability while still maintaining a feel-good, uplifting vibe. She calls her music ‘pop with an anger-management problem,’ because of its edgy style. The singer, now 20, released her platinum, self-titled debut album at the age of 13, and its follow-up, the gold-certified “The High Road,” at age 15. Her hits include “Baby It’s You,” “Leave (Get Out),” and “Too Little Too Late.”

Frenchie Davis wowed audiences with her take on “I Kissed A Girl,” “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” “Like A Prayer” and “When Love Takes Over” on the NBC hit show, “The Voice.” And this was after “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell predicted she could win the hugely popular reality show competition. But before TV fame, Davis’ chart-topping musical history includes several Billboard Dance Chart toppers, including “Give Me Tonight” and DJ/re-mixer Tony Moran’s “You Are.” She is in the process of selecting material for a new album, with plans to include a mix of Broadway, classic hits, dance and original material.

Inaya Day’s music fuels dance floors worldwide. Her fan favorites include, “Horny,” “Hold Your Head Up High,” “Nasty Girl,” and “Keep Pushin’.” In addition to house music, Day records and performs gospel, musical theater, jazz, R&B and hip-hop, collaborating with such icons as Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Sean Puffy Combs, and Big Daddy Cane. She’s had numerous U.K., Aria, and Billboard top tens and recently collaborated with Quentin Harris on “Do The Right Thing” for his current album, “Sacrifice.”

All the Miami Beach Gay Pride headliners as well as a roster of international DJs – including Scotty Thomson — will perform on the Main Stage off Ocean Drive between 13th and 14th Streets in Lummus Park. Additional entertainment will feature Latin music on the Palace Stage at 12th and Ocean Court and local community acts on the Community Stage off 11th and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park.

Coming into its fourth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach. The hugely successful event in 2011 attracted more than 40,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all age groups. Last year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride featured a parade with 66 entries and 1,200 participants. In addition to musical performances, the post-parade Festival features, 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, a food court, refreshments and a family-friendly play area.

The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events. For more information as events and activities are confirmed, visit www.miamibeachgaypride.com.

44th Delray Beach St. Pat’s Parade 3/17/12

44th Delray Beach St. Pat’s Parade!
March 17, 2012
Festival 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
(Front lawn of Old School Square)

The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is like no other parade in South Florida. The parade is an International Tribute to Fire Fighters from around the world with thousands of Firefighters traveling to Delray Beach to be part of this grand event.
The complete parade route along Atlantic Ave. is decorated at five key points with fire department ladder trucks from multiple fire departments with their ladders extended tip to tip, hanging huge flags that the entire parade will march under.

Antique fire engines as well as modern day fire engines and apparatus featured. Fire department honor guard teams will march carrying flags and ornate fire axes. Fire department bagpipe band members from different fire department pipe and drum bands will march and play together.

Uniformed marching firefighters, Dalmation dog owners, and professional fire clowns have been invited to delight the spectators. Civilians and parade sponsors will ride their decorated floats.

Don’t miss our FREE Pre & Post Parade Party located on the front lawn of Old School Square from 11 am – 7 pm featuring food, beverages, and live entertainment by Kendra Fulmer

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Downtown Hollywood 3/11/12

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Sunday March 11, 2011, 12-6pm • Parade At 1pm
Downtown Hollywood
stpatricksparade.com

Presented By The City Of Hollywood & The Hibernians Of Hollywood

Celebrate the Emerald Isle with the 14th St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Downtown Hollywood, Florida!

Traditional Float Parade
Radio celebrity John “Footy” Kross will emcee the parade featuring dozens of floats and pipe bands – including the famous NYPD Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps. Hollywood Blvd and Harrison St.

Parade Grand Marshal & Jr. Grand Marshal
Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner joins the celebration of all things Irish, along with Jr. Grand Marshal, Josh Pita, who is representing Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Emmy’s Heart.

Emerald Isle Fantasy Park
Downtown’s Anniversary Park becomes a fantasy land of kid’s games & crafts! Lucky Roll Giant Dice Game, End of the Rainbow Maze, Leaping Leprechauns Tic-Tac-Toe & more!

Uv-The U2 Tribute Show
Live Music all afternoon and non-stop U2 favorites
on the main stage beginning at 3:45PM.

Irish Food & Drink

Traditional Irish Bands And Live Music Throughout The Afternoon
12:00PM – Breffni Academy of Irish Dancing
12:30PM – Tricianne Garrihy, Joe Doughtery
2:15PM – Celtic Bridge
3:45PM – UV – The U2 Tribute Show

Parking
$10 event parking in convenient, marked public and private garages and lots throughout Downtown Hollywood.

Mothers March on Starvation 5/12/12

Mothers March on Starvation
Saturday May 12, 2012., 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks
777 Sharazad Boulevard
Opa Locka, Florida. 33054
marchonstarvation@gmail.com

The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm,

The Coalition of African Queen Mothers in America will present the Mothers March on Starvation and we are inviting your organization to participate with banners or flags and most importantly donations. This is a much needed alert and the Coalition has partnered with other groups to bring the awareness of children and families suffering the pains of hunger.

Hunger should not be a problem in our rich country. To bring this issue to our community we will March on Starvation, Saturday May 12, 2012. The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm, we ask that everyone wear all white to show solidarity. The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks address 777 Sharazad Boulevard, Opa Locka Florida. 33054

Don’t miss this event it will be a big day and we want you to help make a difference in the lives of many indigent people that need assistance in our communities. Most importantly this is a march to give until it helps, donations of checks, money orders must be made out to the charitable organization participating in the march a list is enclosed with this letter. Also, dry goods are accepted. NO CASH. We would greatly appreciate you and others joining us with your donations.

Please send your tax deductible donation to Rising Son & Star Sisters HG&D, addressed to Chase Bank 5800 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127 memo corner: Mothers March on Starvation it will help us serve our community. Yes, your donations are tax deductible.

For more infor: call Q.M. Nana Boatenmaa @ tele: 786-553-5126 or Mr. Lorenzo Laidler Jr. @ tele: 786-348-4489. Thank you for your consideration; if you are interested in being a group leader please register at email: marchonstarvation@gmail.com

Niki EM Pop UP Concert Carnaval style 2/11/12

Niki EM Pop UP Concert Carnaval style
February 11, 7pm
ICL Studio
2051 NW 2nd AVE
Wynwood Miami, FL

9pm POP UP concert
Product 81 Gallery
2311 NW 2nd Ave.

Beatz n’ Brew with the Awarehouse / Acoustronic Crew
Panther Cafe

Last Art Walk I was really inspired … over and over my visits to Art Walk have proved that under any given circumstance it is gunna be RAW and REAL, ours and NOW… right here in our hometown Miami – during just my 1/2 hr. show on the Panther Cafe Stage during last months Art Walk hundreds of people passed in front; they inspired me too! Their dance moves and face paints, wacky costumes or not … made me realize what makes Art Walk so exciting is that it is just that – ART WALKING – everyone is part of “the Show” artists and viewers alike… Amoungst the 40+ people who showed up for my show, 24 people were total “virgins” to Art Walk and had never been or even heard about it – they were all blown away – There is so much amazing art to see!

So the idea for a “marcha”, a Carnival style procession leading through the streets, stoping at designated spots for a “closer view” to end at a final destination where everyone celebrates amidst art, listening to music, being a part of the vibe poped into my head.

There is tonza new graffitti ‘n fun awaiting us right here in our front yard – Wynwood Art Disrtict . . . Let’s Celebrate the life we have Carnival / Mardi Gras Miami Style!!! Why? Porque la vida ES un CARNAVAL … get all our friends together and have some fun!!!

The plan … we all meet at ICL Studio; Us, our fav. peeps, their coolest, n closest most colorful peeps. From there we mobilize down the “Avenida” in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District during Feb. Art Walk. . . drummers, tambourins, and music, feathers and beads, sparkles and boas, sunglasses and MIA Hats and body paint to channel our Miami Carnival vibe. . Gunna check out all the killer new street art, hit a few iconicle galleries climaxing with a Niki EM – POP UP CONCERT and then tonz of multi media deliciousness.

So …
– Get your Shades, hats, chains & feathers, paints and portable instruments and come on down!
– Meet at ICL Studio (2051 NW 2nd AVE) 7pm to start of the evening in Ivan’s Organic Future.
– Walk, talk, move n’ groove by street art, graffitti, art galleries, stopping at some of “The Avenida’s” most exciting venues.
– POP UP concert at 9pm at the Product 81 Gallery (2311 NW 2nd Ave.)
– Not over yet!
– Refuel at the food trucks
– Head to Panther Cafe … Beatz n’ Brew with the Awarehouse / Acoustronic Crew. . .
– Buggy on into a new day!

See you this Saturday on “The Avenida”!

The 30th King Mango Strut 12/31/11

The 30th King Mango Strut
Saturday, December 31 at 2pm
Coconut Grove
www.kingmangostrut.org
www.facebook.com/kingmangostrut
Mango Hotline at 305-401-1171.

WARNING: PARADE CONTAINS 99% NUTS!

Join King Mango and his merry band of MangoHeads in Occupying the Grove on Saturday, December 31st. At 2pm, be there in your finest hats and facinators to witness the ceremonial dropping of the banana and the official start of the satirical parade that has been a model of civic engagement and civil uprising throughout the years. With “winning” material “ripped from the headlines,” the Mangoheads will keep you laughing longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage.

The Grand Marshal this year is Ron Magill. With over 30 years as a wildlife expert and Communications Director for Zoo Miami, there’s no better king of the jungle to lead the animal house of MangoHeads.

Our Strut Celebrity is Katy Sorenson, the never recalled/never indicted/never removed-by-the-governor, former commissioner of Never-Neverland (dba Miami-Dade County.) Katy has been much closer to King Mango than Facebook’s 4 degrees of separation. Strut co-founder, the late Bill Dobson, worked for Katy.

In this interactive parade, the spectators – the true occupiers of the Grove – are encouraged to bring tents, lawn chairs and cardboard signs. You can wake up thinking you are going to watch a parade and end up watching yourself in the evening news IN the parade.

So all you pepper spray enthusiasts get ready to laugh because as creative as we are, we can’t possibly make this stuff up. Watch this past year’s headlines come to life:
· Join Time Magazine’s Person of the Year protesting protestors protesting protestors!
· Herman Cain reveals his 9-9-9 Plan for “Women for Cain”!
· Go up to see the Wizard of Odds at Miami’s new destination casino!
· Watch out for Highway Patrol Trooper Watts!
· Wall Street Vampires tap Charlie Sheen’s Tiger Blood!
· Get slimed by giant African snails!
· Join Citizens Revolting Against Politicians (The C.R.A.P. Party)!
· Party with the Miami Beach Party Cops!
· Receive North Korean grief counseling!
· Sierra Club throws a baby shower to welcome the 7th billion person on earth!
· Watch Dr. Buttock fix-a-flat butt!
· Anthropology Majors for Rick Scott!
· Watch the new reality show: The Real Housewives of Bin Laden!

And if that wasn’t enough to make you plank, there will also be special appearances by The Gay Penguins, Gaddafi, Anthony Weiner, Donald Trump, Tim Tebow and Strut favorite, Lindsay Lohan!

Expect to see the usual Strut suspects: The Hare Krishnas, the Marching Freds, Running of the Bull Sh*tters, Coconut Grove Juggling Exchange, Progressive Marching Funeral Band, Little Mr. & Miss. Mangoes, former Miss Mangoes and dethroned Miss Mangoes. King Mango Music Massacre will include bands: 18 Wheelers, Tall Boys Soul Band and RoadKill.

The Pre-Parade activities begin at 1:30 pm at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway with the Little Mr. & Miss. Mango Pageant (for kids 4-10) hosted by Buzz Fleischman, Radio Buzz from WLRN’s ‘South Florida Arts Beat’. Unlike Toddlers & Tiaras, everyone is expected to win. The winners will ride the first float of the Strut.

Parade begins at 2 pm at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway. The parade turns left onto Main Highway, turns left onto Grand Avenue at CocoWalk and back to Commodore Plaza. If we are having too much fun, we will go around again until we all fall down. After the Parade, Commodore Plaza will remain closed to traffic and the King Mango Music Massacre begins. All the bands in the parade will continue playing until the festivities end at 6pm.

All this entertainment is FREE and open to the public – meaning it wasn’t funded by TARP. There is plenty of parking along or near the parade route at CocoWalk, Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot on Main Highway and Charles Avenue, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove Elementary School, City garage at Oak Avenue and Mary Street, and the City garage next to the Sonesta Hotel. Click here for Coconut Grove map for parking.

For those who don’t want to drive, take the Metrorail to the Coconut Grove Station. There will be shuttle buses (Coconut Grove Circulator) picking up eager parade-goers every 15 minutes at the station and dropping off by the parade route.

Putting the NUT in CocoNUT Grove since 1982!

56th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade 12/3/11

56th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade
Saturday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Get ready to catch your share of peppermints and candy canes at South Florida’s premier holiday celebration, the 56th Annual Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade. An estimated 40,000 people will line the Broadwalk at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd to watch the parade make its way from Scott Street south to Harrison Street. What a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season with a 100-entry festive parade along Hollywood’s gorgeous oceanfront Broadwalk bordered on one side with holiday decorated restaurants, cafes and small lodgings on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The theme of this year’s parade is “Candyland”. Expect a multitude of lighted floats, colorful entries, marching bands, baton twirlers and costumed characters. Besides the floats and the seemingly endless supply of candy canes and peppermints, local talent fills the parade ranks.

Miami Beach Veterans Day Parade 11/11/11

Commissioner Jerry Libbin Unites Miami Beach Communities For 2011 Veterans Day Parade And Ceremony
November 11, 9a.m
Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin is continuing in his commitment to organize local support for our troops during the Veterans Day Parade in Miami Beach. Since his involvement with the Veterans Day Parade in 2009, Commissioner Libbin has consecutively set record participation numbers by encouraging schools, organizations and businesses to join in the annual celebration and ceremony honoring veterans. The 2011 Veterans Day Parade is hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559. Applications for group participation may be requested at Jerry Libbin’s office at 305-673-7106 or jerry@miamibeachfl.gov.

“The men and women who serve our country with distinction deserve our appreciation every day,” says Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin. “This parade gives us the opportunity to come together as a community to thank them.”

The 2011 Veterans Day Parade will be held on Veterans Day, November 11th, beginning at 9am. Participants will line up at 8:30am along Washington Avenue on 17th Street. Marchers will travel south on Washington Avenue and then west on 11th Street into Flamingo Park. Commissioner Libbin will speak along with other presenters to commence the wreath laying ceremony and 21-gun salute at Flamingo Park at 10:30am followed by a moment of silence at 11am in honor of our First World War Armistice Day Tradition.

Veterans Day ceremonies have long taken place on Miami Beach. Commissioner Libbin has further developed this tradition by drawing well over 2,000 participants from local organizations, such as:
· 13th Army Band
· American Airlines
· American Senior High School
· Ayuda
· Best Buddies International
· Biscayne Elementary School
· Biscayne Point Homeowners Association
· Boucher Brothers
· CA State Trooper Classic Vehicle
· Circ X
· Clevelander
· Darren Buckner’s Martial Arts
· Death with Dignity
· Duck Tours
· ECOMB
· FHP Patrol Classic Vehicle
· Fienberg Fisher K-8
· Fire Department Honor Guard
· First Citizens Bank
· Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association
· G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School
· Girl Scouts
· Hands on Miami
· Happy Kids
· Homeowner Associations
· Kiwanis
· MB Chamber of Commerce
· MB Fire Engine
· MB Senior High Key Club
· MB Senior High School Band
· MB Senior High School Drum Corps
· MB Senior High School Naval Group
· MBPD Color Guards
· Miami Beach Botanical Garden
· Miami Beach Homeowners & Neighborhood Associations
· Miami Jackson Senior High School Band
· Miss Miami Beauty Queens
· NAHA – Nautilus Homeowners Association
· Nautilus Middle School
· Neptune Society
· North Beach Development Corporation (NBDC)
· North Beach Elementary Students
· Ocean Drive Association (ODA)
· Planet Beach Contempo Spa
· Police Athletic League (PAL)
· Police Explorers
· Robert Morgan Education Center HS – 2 buses
· Rotary Club
· Sand In Your Boots
· Sand In Your Boots Members
· Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
· Special Forces with Southern Command
· Sunflower Society Art Students
· Tammy Green Agency Models
· Teen Job Corps
· The Electric Bicycle Store
· The Graduates – Softball Team
· Tim Hardaway Foundation Leadership Academy/SOS
· Tremont Towing
· U.S. Army Reserves
· Unidad
· U.S. Coast Guards – Sector Miami & Color Guards
· Veterans from American Legion Post 85 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559
· Waste Management & Robot Cycler

Miami Carnival in the Gardens 10/9/11

Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens”
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sun Life Stadium
2269 Dan Marino Boulevard
Miami Gardens, FL 33056)

miamibrowardcarnival.com
Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31)
The tickets are $20 on line after August 31.
Tickets at the gate are $25.
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Over 20 Masquerade Bands, 6 Steel Bands and All-Star Lineup of Soca’s Heavyweights to Take Over the Streets of Miami Gardens and Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 12noon-11pm at 2011 Miami Carnival in the Gardens

Special presentation honoring Grand Marshall The Mighty Sparrow(Grenada/T&T), Grand Marshal Sir Oungku Edwards(Antigua) and Grand Marshall Calypso Rose(T&T)

6 October 2011-The City of Miami Gardens will play host to one of the biggest evocative Caribbean charged events with the “Miami Carnival in the Gardens” parade of bands and masqueraders on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The streets of Miami Gardens will be adorned with big, vibrant and colorful costumes,the infectious sounds of the steel bands playing. The parade kicks off at 12 noon and the live concert starts at 6pm. The distinguished list of Grand Marshals leading the parade include: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson,City of Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson, Miami -Dade County-Commissioner Barbara Jordan,Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Neil Parsan,Miss Miami Broward Carnival, Miss Atlanta, Miss Miami Gardens, Miss Belize California,Miss Tropical California,Miss Caribbean USA, Miss Philadelphia, Miss Jamaica Universe .An important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community, Miami Carnival in the Gardens truly has an economic impact that is a result of the estimated 250, 000 visitors that flock to the area.

The star studded musical line up includes Queen of Soca Artist Alison Hinds, (Big Man in Business)Iwer George, Sir Clarence Oungku Edwards(Antigua) Red Hot Flames, Roy Cape All Stars, Elizabeth Watley(St. Croix), Skinny Fabulous(St. Vincent), Tallpree(Grenada),Daddy Chess, Tanika and many more. Local South Florida artists include: Kehv, Julet, Malachi Greatness and Ploome Lewis.

Carnival Connoisseurs will enjoy the various textures of Caribbean food and drinks.The International Caribbean Village will showcase goods and services from the Caribbean. This year a mini health fair will also take place. Participating organizations include the DIVAFoundation founded in 1990. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has partnered with Miami Carnival in the Gardens to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and erasing stigmas. A passionate AIDS activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph is founding Director of “The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware (DIVA) Foundation” “I’m so honored and happy to be apart of this year’s carnival! It’s a natural fit that this year’s health awareness theme is HIV/AIDS.” Also at the health fair expo is Advocacy Building Initiative, Inc. (ABI, Inc.) Dr. Veda Bailey, Executive Director of ABI, Inc. in collaboration with agencies like Borinquen Health Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CECOSIDA, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Broward County Health Department, and the Greater Than AIDS movement, stands committed to eliminating these drivers and building advocacy for much needed changes in HIV prevention programming to better serve Caribbean communities. “We urge Carnival attendees to take advantage of this opportunity to get educated, get tested, get involved. ABI Inc. along with collaborating partners will be at the Carnival, eagerly awaiting your enquiries and requests”, states Dr. Bailey.

Parade Route: NW 26th Avenue to NW 199th Street, West on NW 199 to NW 27 Avenue, North on NW 27 Avenue to NW 203 Street then East into the stadium in the City of Miami Gardens. For street closures related to the parade please visit www.miamibrowardcarnival.com

Tickets are $20 at www.miamibrowardcarnival.com . $25 at the gate.Children under 12 are free.
This year’s sponsors include Carib Beer, Caribbean Airlines, Western Union, McDonalds, Vox3 Communication, NBC, New Times(Broward and Miami), Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce- Expo 2011, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Delancyhill, Dr. Gershwin Blyden, Neurosurgeon Dr. Kwame Buahin,Hot 105 and “With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council,the Miami -Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

Special Note to media: Socafest will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Sunlife Stadium. Gates open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm.Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at socafestmiami.com. For more information call 786.286.6166.

14th Annual Holiday Boat Parade 12/17/11

The Miami Outboard Club’s 14th Annual Holiday Boat Parade will be held On Dec. 17, 2011.

We’re very excited to announce that this year’s parade will be also helping our community. We will be collecting Unwrapped Toys at The Miami Outboard club and other sponsors locations to benefit the children of Centro Mater. The Miami Outboard Club Holiday parade will have nearly 75 Boats are expected to take part in the Holiday Boat Parade, which starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 17,2011. The event is an Integral Part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities. Each year this event brings residents together for the Holiday Season.

Over the past 13 winter seasons, the Holiday Boat Parade has grown in size and scope, attracting club members and non-members alike. Over the past few years the event, has featured more than 75 boats, and nearly 100 are expected this year. Fast forward to the present and with donations and toy collections benefiting the children of Centro Mater Child Care Services, last year’s parade collected and donated over 1,000 toys for the children of our community.

The Miami Outboard Club’s Holiday boat parade has expanded by hosting private and community events such as their Holiday Gala, a black tie event which toy donations and Gala ticket sales for the Toy Drive, give you the opportunity to meet local dignitaries and sponsoring business owners, Poster Contest, where we partnered with Miami-Dade School Board Member, RAQUEL REGALADO and initiated the first of many POSTER CONTESTS within our Miami-Dade County School System and Santa’s Visit, at Centro Mater to celebrate yet another year of bringing smiles to under privileged children in Miami-Dade County. These events are a fundamental part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities.