When: Sunday, September 2nd starting at 1pm
Where: Commodore & Grand Ave
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
In the mood for some mattress mayhem? Perhaps even a little bed-on collision? Then set your alarm for Labor Day Weekend and don’t hit snooze—you’ll lose. There’s no bedside manner required for this pajama party that’ll shake you out of your slumber and have you shedding your slippers and rippin’ your one-sies. This, Sleeping Cutie, is your wake-up call for the 2011 Great Grove Bed Race.
A tongue-in-cheek competition of racing homemade beds down the streets of Coconut Grove, the origins of the Great Grove Bed Race date back three decades. Tireless teams consist of five members—call it a “five-way”—with four ready-to-romp racers and one rider hitched to the headboard. Speed wins the ultimate exhale at the checkered flag, but awards also will be given for theme, creativity and décor (this being a consummate competition). Celebrity judges will be on hand to grade those looking to score away from home, and proceeds from this roll in the hay of hilarity benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
Said Daisy Lewis-Salazar, Coconut Grove Merchant Group Event Director: “Racers, sponsors and fans all raising money to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade—who wouldn’t get in bed with that?”
Miami residents, Coconut Grove merchants, and local clubs, businesses and organizations all are invited to pull back the sheets on this year’s affair, with festivities kicking off Saturday night (Sept. 1) of Labor Day Weekend with the Pajama Pub Crawl through participating Coconut Grove bars and restaurants.
Sunday (Sept. 2) is race day, with highlights to include Kids Storytelling Time; the Waiters/Waitresses Obstacle Course; a Pit Row Parade of decorated beds on display; and of course the 1/8th-mile trundle through the heart of the Grove Village. And to eliminate any awkwardness or hard feelings after the on-track tryst, Grove merchants will host a post-race celebration complete with live music, interactive exhibits and perhaps even a little pillow talk—just no sleeping with the enemy…maybe….
This Labor Day Weekend, Coconut Grove is the place to be for some laborious laughter. For event info—and to register to create your own bedlam—visit TheGreatGroveBedRace.com. Don’t sleep on it!
The Great Grove Bed Race is produced by the Grove Merchant Group and proceeds benefit the Grove Charities and the Grand Marshalls charity of choice. The Grove Merchant Group welcomes visitors and patrons to enjoy the tree-lined streets of Coconut Grove while branding the neighborhood as an attractive and viable village.
Sunday September 2nd, 2012
The Great Grove Bed Race
Coconut Grove Village Streets
1 PM Celebrity Judging & Pit Row Parade (Commodore & Grand Ave)
2 – 5 PM Races (Grand Ave)
5 – 6 PM Awards and Finals (Main Stage / Grand Ave)
5 PM and After ‘CudaPalooza Bed Race Block Party’
The Races keep the hilarity rockin’ with an annual Block Party on Fuller Street. Live Music, Drink Specials and Bed Winners on Display
7 PM Family Pajama Party (The Barnacle) Up Past Bedtime Movie –
The Tale of Devereaux –Movie begins at 8; no admittance after 8:15p
For more info go to www.thegreatgrovebedrace.com