After our little afternoon on the beach we took a long stroll up and down Ocean Drive. With absolutely no intention of doing so, we ended up on South Beach for the Art Deco Weekend festivities. The street, that runs parallel to the coast line along the entire island that is the town of Miami Beach, was closed off and packed with gypsy-style vendors of everything from cheap jewelry to crazy-expensive jewelry to furniture to rhinestone-encrusted clothing. Coupled with the Vegas-esque lighting on all the restaurants and clubs that line the street, and the music their DJ’s were blaring it made for quite a spectacle.
Turns out this is pretty good-sized festival, and was an absolutely an amazing place to people watch. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a place with such an incredible variation of culture, race, and socio-economic status. Latinos, African-Americans, Rastafarian dreadlock-sporting Jamaicans, incredibly rich people, people who wanted to look incredibly rich, tourists, botox, and the locals that took everyone’s money were all very well represented. Made for a fun night of wandering around. Have a look.
That’s all for now. Until next time.