Bronies of South Florida Beach Party: Brohoofs, Burgers, and Badmouthing Equestria Girls

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Photos by Elisa Melendez
Steven Rodriguez, Miami-Dade's head Brony.
Last Saturday, a group of Bronies and Pegasisters, fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, got together at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne for an afternoon of sun, sand, and pony talk. They'd promised a party with burgers, beach games, and brony-style friendship.

So you know we had to check it out.

See also: Bronies of South Florida Summertime Beach Party: Friendship is Magic, Beach Edition

The Bronies and the occasional Pegasister (aka, a female fan) enjoyed a classically hot summer day on the beach with snacks, NERF play, and a MLP-related debate here and there. Steven Rodriguez has been the Miami-Dade Brony-in-charge since April 2012, and he's great at making even those new to Brony fandom welcome, offering food, drink, and brohoofs (fist-bumps) for all comers.

But just about all the bronies in attendance were eager to educate this non-brony journalist on how deep the Pony-hole goes: While there are six main characters on the show, a lot of bronies' fandom can center around background characters, many of which don't even speak or get more than a few seconds of screen time. These characters include Dr. Hooves (named after Dr. Who, since the pony's cutie mark is an hourglass) and Octavia, a musician.

When a discussion erupted over whether Octavia plays a cello or upright bass, one of the guys remarked, "See, even that is too nerdy for me." Just goes to show that fandom is a matter of degree, not of kind. In fact, the conversations didn't just center on MLP--attendees also gave each other recommendations on comics, video games, and thoughts on upcoming movies.

But all of that other side discussion stopped when someone brought up Equestria Girls, a movie which turns the ponies into high school human girls. Don't even get these folks STARTED on Equestria Girls. Responses ranged from a good-natured "Oh, it wasn't THAT bad," to decrying Hasbro for clearly making a merchandising money-grab through doll sales with disregard for the MLP spirit. (The dolls look more like Bratz dolls than like the actual movie version of the characters. Nothing friendly or magical about that at all.)

Elisa Meléndez
Sand art, MLP-style.
Even non-Brony friends got in on the action and had a good time. One Brony ally expressed his support, saying that he appreciated the positive message the show provides. Another said, "I don't watch the show, but if it's on, it just makes you happy!" (Closeted brony?) A mother joined in on the fun, helping cook and take photos for the group, generally facilitating the fun times: "They come out, have a good time, enjoy each other's company -- it's great!"

Bronies of South Florida
Friendship is Magic!
Interested in meeting like-minded MLP fans? The group's next event is in Boca, with the next Miami-Dade event at Pincho Factory (dates and times TBA). Check out the Bronies of South Florida Meetup page and their Facebook.

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Crandon Park

6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL

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It's always a good time when I spend a leisure time with my family and friends on the beach. I think there's no place like beach where we can get peaceful and relaxing time as well as fun while playing games with our family and friends. Looking forward for the next event. I hope to have fun joining you guys.


mlp is now ruined because of equestria girls next there will be an equestria girls tv show its coming maybe not soon but it will come

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

I've seen MLP porn on it's guys that like MLP only?...I get it now.

Hermann Wiehls
Hermann Wiehls

Pangie Bonita, Yens Love, who does this remind you of?

Claudia Aguirre
Claudia Aguirre

Miami New Times finally begins covering subjects we ALL care about.

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

Nick "all the bronies in attendance were eager to educate this non-brony journalist on how deep the Pony-hole goes" a creeptacular event haha

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