10 Ways Miamians Celebrate That Make The Rest Of The Country Go “WTF?”

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Miamians love to celebrate everything: weddings, quinces, bat mitzvahs, hurricanes, end of tax season (sans arrests), breast enhancement surgeries, breast reduction surgeries…  Just about any occasion can turn into a party faster than you can say “bottles, bro.” Besides blasting Pitbull (keep telling yourself you’re doing it ironically), here are a few rituals we do in the 305 that you might not see anywhere else in the U.S.A.

First, we bring out the cazuelas.

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No, we aren’t cooking; it’s a Miami Heat championship win! Obviously.

And then head to Versailles (for literally any reason).

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How do you celebrate your little cousin’s ballet recital finally being over? Or a friend visiting from out of town? A huge political win? The answer is always that magical hall of mirrors.

Horas Locas are reserved for our formal events.


A regular wedding in Miami isn’t pachanga enough for our taste. We need a party within a party. Preferably with its own theme, like Mardi Gras or A Venetian Ball or Being Really Loud.

And it’s not a party without cigar rollers.

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Oh, you’ve seen cigars in a wedding goodie bag once? That’s cute. We have a mini factory going on outside.

Just about any song can result in a conga line.

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We even hold the Guinness World Record for longest conga line (por supuesto).

…Or cause a merengue dance tunnel to form.

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Double points if you get gringo non-Miamians to jump in.

Having a house party? Time to put a pig in a box! Obviously:

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Many cultures around the world roast pork for Noche Buena, but how about for baptisms? Straight A’s? Your grandmother’s 80th birthday? Nothing says “Feliz cumple, abuela; I hope you still have your teeth” like the crispy crunch of a pellejo you stole when your tío wasn’t looking.

But it’s never really a party until the croquetas arrive.

We hope you have a #feliz #Nochebuena! Be sure to pick up some of our #famous #croquetas tomorrow to take to #family, #friends and loved ones!

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Yeah, I’m going to need some pork in a tube while we wait for this pork in a box. Thanks.


Although some argue the same about pastelitos.

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If your office party only has cake, do you even want to work there?

But the biggest way to celebrate in the 305? Grabbing a floatie and heading to the beach.

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Like at Miami’s Floatopia events! Because when you live in a paradise for foodies, weather and people of all backgrounds, you always have a reason to celebrate.

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What other things do you as a Miamian (even just one at heart) do to pachanga? Mitú wants to know! Leave a comment below.