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King Mango Strut - December 28, 2014

The 33rd King Mango Strut kicked off in Coconut Grove pretty much on time at 2 pm on December 28, 2014.  In 1982, Glenn Terry and Bill Dobson started the strut after their group, The Mango Marching Band were denied entry into the King Orange Jamboree .  And the rest, they say, is history.  This year’s theme was “Life is just Ebola cherries.”  The grand marshall  was Rick Scott with his “In Your Face Victory Tour”.  The guest celebrity was Ed Bell of Art Beat South Florida on WLRN.  It’s a wild, wacky parade with some of the best satire this side of Blazing Saddles.

This year, as last year, we managed reservations at La Gamba right on Main Street with a table reserved for eight.  We had a great time, great food, and great friends of Fred.  Jim and Holley sprung for bright chartruese tee shirts for all of us with slogans such as “Friend of Fred”, “Amiga de Fred”, “Better Fed than Fred”, “Better Bred than Fred” and “New Friend of Fred”.  I, of course, wore the tee shirt with the name “Fred”.  I have to admit, we were the hit of the parade even though we didn’t march.  I think we were the most photographed group along the route of the parade with those tee shirts.  

Jim, Holley and I got there around 11:30 am to make sure we had the table reserved and then we headed to Asian Nails, right next door for a manicure and pedicure to start off the day.  An extra bonus was the pedicure “chair” that provided a massage as you had your toe nails worked on.  Then came the foot massage.  

The parade wrapped up around 4 pm and we headed for home after a full day of friendship, good times, good food, good laughs, and plenty of sangria.  

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