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IKO-IKO will Headline the 2014 King Mango Strut in Coconut Grove





















IKO-IKO has a three county tour coming up this weekend. 




Friday night you will find us at The Q Blues Bar in Ft. Lauderdale Showtime 9pm. 




Saturday night we will be hosting the Holiday festivities at the Burgee Bar in Ocean Reef , Key Largo 10pm and on Sunday afternoon our favorite show of the year! 




The King Mango Strut at 2pm in Coconut Grove.







We need volunteers to join us in the parade for a tribute to Tobacco Road





If you'd like to be a part of the show meet me on Commodore Plaza at 1pm. and then stay for the street dance with IKO-IKOI, Mr. Nice Guy, the 18 Wheelers and more!






The parade begins with the dropping of the banana at 2:00 p.m., at Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, runs to Grand Avenue, makes a hard left, and heads back to Commodore. 





Early arrival is suggested to get the best viewing spots. 



Children who want to participate in the Little Miss Mango and Little King Mango pageant and ride the float should arrive at Commodore Plaza by 1 p.m. (no special outfits needed). 





The parade ends with an after party on Commodore Plaza, with local bands Iko-Iko, Roadkill, Mr. Nice Guy, and Memphis Kelly rocking until 6:00 p.m.











Here are some images from the King Mango Strut from a few years ago.










Join us Sunday at 2pm sharp. 



We're still looking for more of our friends and fans to join us in the parade for a salute to Tobacco Road and live music in South Florida. Come see the show or come and be the show.









 Be on Commodore Plaza at 1pm with your best Tobacco Road T shirt or black arm band and then stay for the street dance. Happy New Year!


















Following the Grand Marshal and Little Mangoes, the laughter will ensue as groups engage crowds along the route in an interactive review of the most entertaining happenings of 2014. Following the parade, Commodore Plaza will explode with four live bands for an after-party until 6:00 p.m. and plenty of photo opportunities with the Mangoheads.


























COCONUT GROVE, FLORIDA – The 33rd annual King Mango Strut marches down the streets of Coconut Grove on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at 2 p.m., where South Florida’s wackiest citizens come out to entertain the masses with the biggest newsmakers of the year.




 Our country has had a rough year, but things look good in the future, so the parade is themed around the slogan “Life is just ebola cherries.”


Among the hilarious acts, expect to see “FanGate” – remembering the debate that blew us all away; “Invasion of the White House: Intruder Alert!;” “Taken by Tolls on the 836 and 112;” and “Charles Manson’s Wedding.





The King Mango Strut goes beyond watching — it’s engaging fun for the entire family. The event starts with the Little Miss Mango and Little King Mango pageant, where every kid wins, and rides the float to lead the parade. 








This year’s Grand Marshall is Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, on his “In Your Face Victory Tour.” 




We will also have Guest Celebrity Ed Bell, of WLRN, in honor of his 44 years of broadcasting and promoting music in South Florida, as well as his promoting the King Mango Strut.





The real stars are your friends and neighbors. This parade is produced entirely by volunteers who make the props, signs, and floats, and preparations to entertain, for months ahead. Come out for a classic South Florida event, or join the Strut by filling out a free Entry Form.




The parade begins with the dropping of the banana at 2:00 p.m., at Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, runs to Grand Avenue, makes a hard left, and heads back to Commodore. Early arrival is suggested to get the best viewing spots. Children who want to participate in the Little Miss Mango and Little King Mango pageant and ride the float should arrive at Commodore Plaza by 1 p.m. (no special outfits needed). The parade ends with an after party on Commodore Plaza, with local bands Iko-Iko, Roadkill, Mr. Nice Guy, and Memphis Kelly rocking until 6:00 p.m.



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