Mangolicious Miami Parade

New Orleans has Mardi Gras, and Rio has Carnaval, but who the heck else has the King Mango Strut? Coconut Grove has been doing Miami’s wackiest parade for 26 years. The event was originally a poop-flinging reaction to the highbrow Orange Bowl Parade. Now the Orange is kaput and the Mango is still fresh and juicy!

This year the event celebrates “An Inconvenient Fruit,” claiming traffic and airport security are just a couple of the many inconveniences we can “blame on Fidel.” This year the Chongalicious Girls, as grand marshals, will gather with new and old mangoheads between Grand Avenue and Commodore Plaza at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of street revelry. Want to join in the fun? All you need to do is show up. For details, call the Mango Hotline at 305-401-1171, or visit
Sun., Dec. 30, 2 p.m., 2007
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Miami native Maria de Los Angeles currently journeys in northern latitudes but is a correspondent for the Magic City. A community advocate, she pens stories about art, culture, good folks doing good things, women's issues, and only-in-Miami moments.