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If Miami culture has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for the unexpected holiday party. They are around every corner of the neighborhood, not challenging to find. Simply follow the music playing in local dives or just head to the beach. While all this celebration has given Miami a few negative stereotypes, the endless wanting of the next spirited drink and music never seems to fade. That is perhaps Miami’s most influential trademark; this city gives its people the will to want more festivals.
Of course even working in Miami won’t keep anyone safe from the “party bug”. Take Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom for example. While the rest of the landscape is a very beautiful, family friendly distraction, it’s the ballrooms that get the most memories. These ballrooms are not only the locations for mass hiring and job conferences, but when the holiday seasons arrive, they become something of wonder.
These rooms can host multiple parties for large corporations and they will not hesitate to flaunt their yearly gains. DJ’s, drinks, giveaways are all common, but then a surprise samba band will be invited to the celebration and their percussion rings out rhythmically throughout the entire building. And these are not completely private parties, the show casings are so great that neighboring partiers will join in and photograph all the rambunctious sounds and laughter. Considering most of these attendants are still expected to show up to work in a few hours, it further solidifies the people’s will to enjoy a great night out.
Miami parties and events are abundant, but never repetitive looking. Anyone driving down Coral Way this past week may have seen quite a show when their usual evening route was thwarted by an endless stream of bikers. Critical Mass was doing their yearly pilgrimage composed of cyclists and skaters of all different types. It was a curious sight for those unaffiliated having to see a large sea of bikes equipped with music, lights blocking them off for nearly half an hour. Anyone who couldn’t enjoy the spontaneity of such a massive bike ride clearly lacks a Miami Holiday spirit.
The last parties of the year have begun, but will continue to all denizens of South Florida. In a month where massive traffic, epidemic office sickness, and rampant shopping would wear out the common resident; this town will drag itself to the next hang out or weekend festival. And that is the most endearing trait of all this celebration; that the minds and hearts of our Miami faithful always look forward to the next night of happiness as a community. Happy New Year.