Holidays South Florida Style

Learning from Miami wishes all of our readers a happy and safe holiday season. In this edition, we’ve compiled a collection of unique holiday clips that could only happen in South Florida. These fun Florida clips are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Hanukkah, also known as “the festival of lights,” is the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem where, according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. This footage features an exciting 1980s Hanukkah relay race through the streets of Miami Beach:


Enjoy this unusual Christmas pageant clip which features a very unique telling of Christmas starring Santa Claus and E.T.:


This next video highlights South Florida’s Hispanic community making preparations for Noche Buena, the largest Christmas-time feast in many Hispanic households, with the centerpiece of most Noche Buena meals centering around lechón, a succulent slow-roasted pig.


The King Mango Strut is an annual satirical parade held on the last Sunday of each year in Coconut Grove.  The parade, which uses the motto “Putting the ‘nut’ in Coconut Grove,” is composed of floats mocking local and national stories from the previous year. Here’s a clip of paraders showcasing their humor and weirdness at the King Mango Strut:


-Ursa Gil

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