MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Putting the ‘nut’ in Coconut Grove, hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Coconut Grove on Sunday for the 32nd annual King Mango Strut.
The parade, which started in 1982 as a satiric send up of the Orange Bowl parade, pokes fun at some of the biggest stories of the year. From Miami’s toxic parks and bullying football players to Obamacare, the residents strut their stuff for laughs.
The pre-parade starts at 1 p.m. on the corner of CommodorePlaza and Main Highway with the Little Miss Mango Pageant. The winners will ride the first float of the Strut.
The parade begins at 2pm.The parade route begins at the corner of CommodorePlaza and Main Highway. It turns left onto Main Highway and turns left onto Grand Avenue at CocoWalk and back to CommodorePlaza.
This year’s Grand Marshal is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
All parade-goers should arrive early this year to go right through security checkpoints.
Parking is available along or near the parade route at CocoWalk, Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse on Main Highway and Charles Avenue, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove Elementary School, the city garage at Oak Avenue and Mary Street, and the city garage next to Sonesta Hotel.
Those who don’t want to drive can hop the Metrorail to the Coconut Grove Station. There will be shuttle buses (the Coconut Grove Circulator) picking up excited parade-goers every 15 minutes at the station and dropping them one block from the parade route.
The festivities end at 6pm.