Ever have that nightmare where you're lying naked in bed and your bed is speeding down the street? And there are thousands of drunk people yelling at you and laughing at how small your bed is (what did you think we were going to say? Somebody's got some size issues)? Wait a second, that's not a dream, it's the Great Grove Bed Race (well, minus the naked part).
The bed race is exactly what it sounds like: Five-member teams (four pushing and one on the mattress) compete by racing beds down the street while everybody laughs at how random this tradition is, and how much food and drink they can ingest with such a flimsy excuse for doing so. But it's fun, dammit! So don't overthink it. It's like a Red Bull Flugtag competition, but ours is bedder. After all, we have much more history, and we're not beholden to an Austrian energy-drink behemoth. We just like to get drunk in bed while speeding down the avenue. Typically, the race boasts a celebrity grand marshal, such as Indy Car champs Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves serving that capacity in the past couple of years. The race will start this Sunday on Commodore Plaza and proceed onto Grand Avenue. It's free to watch. The drinking will start the prior night, during the 8 p.m. Pajama Pub Crawl, assuring you get a taste of the Grove's best spirits. Sign up at Mr. Moe's (3131 Commodore Plz., Miami) at 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4, 1 p.m., 2011