The 33rd King Mango Strut

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cinco-de-Mango

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Survivor: Miami should have been the theme of this past year’s Strut. Yet, once again, the King emerged unscathed although slightly damp. It seemed a close thing when the banana dropped, especially when you could see Mayor Regalado and Commissioner Sarnoff going over the newest Miami city government project since Grove Harbor: the Coconut Grove Ark. Yet, the rain stopped in the nick of time and allowed the Strutters and bands to perform. The crowd of dedicated Strut watchers seemed to appreciate what King Mango brought to the streets for their entertainment.. The court jesters were again out in force from the Children of the Genetically Modified Corn to our favorite clown cleaning up after the parade.

Special thanks to the Little Miss and Mr. Mangos who gamely rode the float at the beginning of the parade, smiling and waving to the crowd while being drenched. Also to our Grand Marshal Rob Ford for his gracious acceptance of the Key to the City from Mayor Regalado and the other parting gifts from well-wishers in the crowd (by the way Mayor Ford, it was flour in those baggies-this may be Miami but we do have some standards). And we would like to especially recognize our Local Celebrity Joe Donato and the Iko-Iko band. When the car carrying Mr. Donato broke down at the start of the parade, he quickly climbed aboard and joined the Iko-Iko band and together they serenaded the crowd. “The show must go on” takes on new meaning when you see such professionalism and courtesy extended with the goal of entertaining our audience.

Finally we would like to thank all those who made the Strut possible; the volunteers, performers, bands and especially the audience. Although we say that neither rain nor snow nor slime can keep King Mango from strutting, without all of you and your positive can-do attitude, keeping the NUT in Coconut Grove would have been much harder if not impossible. So, here’s to the 2013 Strut and we will be back for the 33rd Annual King Mango Strut on December 28, 2014 when once again the king will take over the streets of Coconut Grove.

On a sadder note: On Friday, December 27, a dedicated volunteer and friend of the Strut, Mike Elder passed away. Many of you knew Mike. For years he was the gatekeeper at Commodore and Grand, and last year he ran the line-up of the parade. At this year’s Strut, his widow, Jane Reilly accompanied by their sons, Buck and Mike dropped the banana to begin this year’s parade. He will be sorely missed. mike001
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Postscript: Remember and mark your calendar for the wrap party at Calamari’s in the Grove on January 26th, 2014  4-8PM. See the parade video and pictures of the Strut, visit your fellow Strutters and listen to our Local Celebrity Joe Donato and the Mr. Ree band. We’re looking forward to it and so should you.

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Slideshow by professional photographer Art Seitz

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