King Mango Strut Grand Marshal to be Named Tomorrow at the Grove Spot
|Don Robertson bought his way into grand marshal history.|
Luckily, the last such meeting for this year's King Mango Strut on December 26 is coming up tomorrow night at The Grove Spot at 7 p.m. At the meeting, organizers will announce this year's grand marshal. His, her, or its name will be added to annals of Grove lore--alongside such notables as Janet Reno, Mr. Clucky the Chicken, Don Robertson (who? He bid $5,600 for the honor on Ebay) and former New Times and Miami Herald scribe Jim DeFede.
|Are those shriners?|
Part of what makes the strut so popular--besides its low maintenance roots--is that it manages to be simultaneously consistent and unpredictable. "It's the same event every year. What changes is what happened during the year. The material is always fresh," Baldwin says. "The corruption is the same. All we have to do is change the faces."
|Top class floats and signs are common.|
The King Mango Strut has been doing its thing since 1982 when the original organizers Glen Terry and Bill Dobson had an idea for a marching band of kazooist to perform at the King Orange Parade. The organizers of the now defunct event wouldn't have it. So Terry and Dobson started their own parade. For 29 years it has made fun of just about everything and anybody, including itself.
The King Mango Fun and FUNDraiser is at 7 p.m. at the Grove Spot (3324 Virginia St., Miami). The King Mango Strut will take place on December 26 at 2 p.m. Parade route includes Commodore Plaza, Main Highway and Grand Avenue.