Bayfront park is known to host some magnificent and unique events. It’s a beautiful setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and multiple concerts and celebrations are held there for obvious reasons. And yet with all it’s majesty, there is one sole event that annually gets national attention (outside of championship celebrations). It’s chaotic, it’s ingenious, it’s a party, and it shows off the accomplishments of camaraderie along with a ton of energy drinks. The Red Bull Flugtag has hit the Miami shores like so many of its unfortunate amateur airplanes.
In the past years, Red Bull has sponsored some of the most over the top and wildest events of human achievement and sportsmanship. The Stratos space jump is perhaps their pinnacle moment embroiled with a Red Bull logo. But before getting to reach space, one must first reach into the skies, and that is the beauty of the Flugtag. An event filled with hilariously failed contraptions that it almost feels more of a spectacle than a competition.
Even with the impending realization that these flamboyantly decorated mechanisms are doomed; the competing teams are very happy and ready to present. Perhaps the original Wright brothers would’ve had second opinions on creating a plane designed to look like NBA champion Chris “Birdman” Anderson, but not the Miami fans cheering on this fandom inspired mechanism. Additionally style and presentation of these planes are a large factor in determining a winner, but it is also a small reward for these teams that have worked year round from all corners of this nation to be given a few extra moments to bask in the glory of their creation.
A large crowd gathers for these fantastic flights along with cameras, boats in the harbor, and a large ocean linear with the judges ready to toss out their approval. There is only one view that matters, and it is reserved for those competitors who get on top of the large stage/ramp that will be their take off destination. From there they will receive applause and shouts from an entire city filled with energy drinks and hyped for amusement, thousands eagerly waiting for them to fall off said ramp and into the salty waters below. But at least for one moment, really a few seconds at best, they will take flight and understand why Icarus was so eager to touch the sun.