King Mango Strut Returns To Coconut Grove: What Madness Will This Year’s Bring? Come Find Out This January!
November 23, 2023
The Annual King Mango Strut, Coconut Grove’s famous and most iconic satirical parade is set to return Sunday, January 7th, 2024. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Parade will feature all the color, vibrancy, laughter and mischievousness that has been its hallmark for four decades. To that end, this year’s theme – I Can’t Get No DeSantisfaction – is sure to raise a few eyebrows and certainly maintains the parade’s reputation as a tongue-in-cheek, satirical affair. It celebrates (and skewers), what's weird and wonderful about Miami and the year that was!
Born 38(ish) years ago as a parody of the pomp and circumstance of the King Orange Bowl Jamboree Parade associated with the college football Orange Bowl game, the King Mango Strut has evolved into a beloved community tradition that never lost touch with its eccentric, bohemian roots. It is locally famous, delightfully strange, and beholden to no one.
From its modest roots, the Strut now attracts over 10,000 onlookers who laugh, cheer, and dance along with the hundreds of Strutters who march in the parade. All are welcome to watch or participate in this free event as long as they do so with an open heart and open mind and are willing to poke fun at the year’s notable current events.
The Weirdest Parade in the Universe has brought you The Marching Freds, The Synchronized Briefcase Brigade, The Booger King, The Million Chad March, The League Of Dead Voters, Cuban Eye For The Gringo Guy, Idu Grab Prison, Weapons Of Mass Distraction, Osama Piñata, The Hare Krishnas And The Running Of The Bullshitters. What madness will this year bring?
“The King Mango Strut Parade is an iconic South Florida event and one that has helped Coconut Grove maintain the artistic and creative spirit it’s always had,” says longtime Parade Board Member and Announcer Nathan Kurland. “This event has become a beloved tradition that pays homage to the lively spirit of Miami and serves as a reminder to all that a life without a laugh isn’t much of a life at all.”
The parade is free and open to the public. Parade organizers welcome all comedians, amateurs and performers to consider participating in the parade itself; applications to do so can be found here.
As always, onlookers are encouraged to wear their most creative costumes and embrace the parade’s madcap ethos to “celebrate and skewer what’s weird and wonderful about Miami and the year that was.”
When & Where:
• Sunday, January 7th, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. through the heart of Coconut Grove.
• 2:00 p.m.: Little Miss Mango participants are selected from the crowd of onlookers and meet on the corner of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza.
• 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: The King Mango Strut begins at Commodore Plaza and makes the left turn onto Main Highway until it reaches the Grand Avenue/McFarlane Intersection. From there it makes the left turn onto Grand Avenue until it reaches Commodore Plaza. The afterparty begins at Commodore Plaza.
• 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: After the parade, there will be a block party for volunteers and participants. Starting at 4:00 p.m., RoadKill and the Coconut Grove School of Rock Band takes center stage on Commodore Plaza, and Afro Beta plays on Fuller Street for guests to enjoy, along with more surprises.
For more information or to take part in the event visit: www.kingmangostrut.org or call: (305) 323-7826. Find the Strut on Social media at: https://www.instagram.com/thekingmangostrut/
About King Mango Strut
The 40th Annual King Strut Mango Event is brought to you by the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization King Mango Productions, Inc. Current confirmed sponsors for the 2024 Parade include Atchana’s Homegrown Thai, Barracuda Tap House and Grill, Berk Boge Real Estate, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Coconut Grove BID, Chug’s Diner, Greetstreet, Jaguar, Last Carrot, Lokal, Meraki, Sandbar Sports Grill, Sip Sip, Silverbluff, Milan’s Markets, Miami-Dade County District 7, City of Miami District 2, and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.