This Sunday The 33rd King Mango Strut Parade.
It had an innocent beginning. There was a group of friends led by Glenn Terry that wanted to participate in the Orange Bowl Parade. They, the Orange Bowl Committee would have nothing to do with the Kazzoo band from Coconut Grove. Forget the oranges they would have their own parade The King Mango Strut Parade. It takes place each year without fail Sunday after Christmas. King Mango Strut survived the Orange Bowl Parade at their demise (what was left of the committee) they actually spoofed themselves and joined in the King Mango Strut Parade in their Orange Blazers, before they moth balled them..
This parade is one of 5 Satire Parades in the United States the bigest being the Doo Dah parade in California in it’s 37th year. Anything that happened in 2014 is fodder.
Here is your invitation from the King Mango Committe to come on down to the Grove and see what it is all about. Come early to get a seat. First time I heard about it I was on a
Yacht as it was heading to the Grove for the parade. ( BF) This year there will be a BFF group “Best Friends of Fred.” There had always been a group called the Marching Fred’s but as no one names their child or dog Fred anymore they have dwindled. If there is a Fred, Fredericka or Freddie out there who wants to march show up. after the parade the Streets close till six for dancing in the streets to four bands.
their press release. Sunday, December 28 at 2pm
in Coconut Grove
It’s Mango Madness time.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor smut, nor threat of slime will keep the Struters from their appointed duty to bring laughter and merriment to our beleaguered humor challenged City.
The banana will drop at 2pm and the parade will begin.
This year’s Grand Marshals are “Governor Rick Scott” and “Charlie Crist” re-enacting “Fangate.” Our celebrity guest is Ed Bell from “Arts Beat” on WLRN.
As creative as we are, we can’t possibly make this stuff up, but we do plan to showcase and skewer so many of those unforgettable stories from the past year.
*Charles Manson’s wedding – Bed, Bloodbath + Beyond
*Monica Lewinsky is baaaaaack
*Senior Texting “ATD” at the Drs., “BYOT” bring your own toilet
*Life is just Ebola Cherries
*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 1pm at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Hwy. 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.
All parade-goers should arrive early this year to go right through security checkpoints. Any unruly parade-goer will be required to do community service by following Justin Bieber around letting him know he is about to lose his pants. But be careful the NSA is listening to you – whether you like it or not.
Parade begins at 2pm.The parade route begins at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Hwy. It turns left onto Main Hwy. and turns left onto Grand Ave. 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 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 6pm.
All this entertainment is free (cheaper than a therapist) and open to the public.
Parking: There is plenty of parking along or near the parade route at CocoWalk, Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse on Main Hwy. and Charles Ave., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove Elementary School, the City garage at Oak Ave. and Mary St., and the City garage next to Sonesta Hotel.
If you don’t want to drive (who would) 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.
For more info, check www.kingmangostrut.org or call Mango Hotline 305-582-0955.
Putting the NUT in CocoNUT Grove since 1982
In 2009 my group spoofed the local bloger the Coconut Grove Grapevine video here
Barbie turned 50, Michael Jackson Died, Tiger was naughty it was an interesting year.