Nearly 300,000 enthusiasts of our city’s architectural heritage will gather en masse this weekend to celebrate the neon signs, geometric shapes, and pastel colors that characterize art deco, Miami Beach’s defining, historic architectural style. It’s Art Deco Weekend, hosted by the Miami Design Preservation League and taking over Ocean Drive from Sixth to 13th streets. The revelry includes a bevy of events designed to pay tribute to the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone. Friday’s lineup includes furniture and antique exhibits, gay and lesbian and Jewish walking tours, lots of live music, a lecture, and most important — the Art Deco Weekend parade. This over-the-top ode to deco will be grand-marshaled by Michael Aller, tourism and convention director for the City of Miami Beach. Participants will be decked out in period dress — right down to Juan Pablo, the MDPL’s rat terrier, who’ll lead fellow canines in the “Arf Deco” strut. Also on the agenda: classic cars, ginormous puppets, the Big Pink Police Car, a marching band, bagpipers, local celebrities, the Miami Beach Police boat, and shirtless firemen. Did we mention shirtless firemen? Events start at 10 a.m. Friday, and the parade kicks off that same day at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18-20, 2013