MIAMI BEACH CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY
LIKE ONLY MIAMI BEACH CAN!!!
Special Episode (56) of Alive on South Beach.
The City of Miami Beach promised 100 hours of celebrations to commemorate this great milestone, and the City delivered!
In addition to 100 immigrants taking the oath of citizenship, a series of Jackie Gleason sitcoms running at the Jackie Gleason Theater, a Runway Fashion Show, assorted award ceremonies, panel discussions and documentaries relating to the history of Miami Beach, a WEDDING was held. Under a gloriously-hot noon-time sun, on the sand, 100 “lovebirds” took their vows, some for the first-time, some renewed.
The 100 hours of festivities ended with a superstar-studded free Concert on the beach, produced by ACT productions, Inc. But, before the Concert began, we had a visitor … none other than Wyclef Jean who was in town to perform.
Also taking the enormous stage, built on the sand specifically for this occasion, were Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan – with Andy Garcia on drums, Jon Secada, Diego Torres, Flo Rida, DJ Irie, Emily Estefan, Nicole Henry, Afrobeta, Al B Sure, Alexis Chapa, Brenda Cabas, Dave Mason, DJ Zog, Lee Hernan, Ludica, Earthman-Lanny Smith, Emig, Evan Charles, Eylen Fantine, Hilary Santana, Javier Garcia, Kat Lane, Kevens, Mann Sisters, Mariana Vega, Marlow Rosado, Melina Almodovar, Natasha Lopez, Osceola Brothers, Raquel Sofia, Rosy Sosa, Sofia Delfino, Spencer Battiest, Tavo Botero, Ky-mani Maestro Marley, The Beethose, Third World, Musical Director Rudy Perez, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Terrell Carter (that’s him with Dena and Stewart).
Tens of thousands of people watched the spectacular show on huge screens placed strategically so that everyone sitting on the sand, standing on their balconies, milling around VIP tents to the side of the stage, sitting in chairs up close to the stage, or walking in restricted areas, had an unblocked view. And as far as could be seen, people were smiling, laughing, and dancing along to the music. This was truly an event to remember as another magical Miami Beach Moment for the people who make Miami Beach. . . MIAMI BEACH.