Issues to Do in Miami: Florida Renaissance Pageant 2022 at Quiet Waters Park


Huzzah! The Florida Renaissance Pageant makes its triumphant return to South Florida. And this 12 months’s much-anticipated occasion — the primary because the 2020 version was dropped at a halt — will mark the competition’s thirtieth anniversary.

Scheduled to happen February 5 by March 20 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Seaside, the Florida Renaissance Pageant celebrates the Center Ages with medieval-themed traditions and stay leisure. There have been tweaks to the format over time — together with including the Harry Potter-themed weekend and eradicating the cleavage contest — however the spirit stays the identical.

Listed here are eight issues to stay up for on the competition, together with the costumes and joust stunt present.

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You are going to wish to step up your cup recreation.

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Chalices and goblets

These gaudy cups aren’t only for pimps and the wine at church. Carry your individual or purchase one on the many on-site outlets, together with Fellowship Foundry and Ye Olde Wizards and Dragons. They’re good for consuming mead, a fermented honey beverage that is a competition staple.

Cannons

What can one say? A few of us nonetheless get excited by issues that go growth. The competition kicks off with a cannon shot within the morning and closes with one other at sundown. In between, the historic re-enactment group behind the cannon, often known as Keepers of the Peace, places on an indication. For extra kicks, the competition additionally gives a trebuchet catapult demonstration.

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When was the final time you noticed somebody enjoying the harp?

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Medieval music and comedy

You in all probability will not discover any harps, fiddles, or bagpipes on a Renaissance fest fan’s year-end Spotify Wrapped, however we’re all for them at a Renaissance competition. Throw in just a few flutes too. The extra it seems like we’re enjoying a Zelda recreation, the higher. Scheduled to carry out at this 12 months’s truthful are Wolgemut, which includes the entire aforementioned devices into its music, Italian pipe and drum ensemble Rota Temporis, and Celtic band the Reelin’ Rogues. And remember the comedy acts. Again once more is the improv present The Biggest Pirate Story By no means Instructed and Second Metropolis musical director Arne Parrott’s one-man present.

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There are seven themed weekends, together with Potter’s Magical Finale weekend.

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Myths and magic weekend

For many who favor their medieval with a aspect of magic, there’s the Potter’s Magical Finale weekend on March 19-20. The themed weekend is considered one of seven through the competition, with themes similar to pirates, Vikings, and steampunk. Attendees of Potter’s Magical Finale weekend are inspired to decorate as fairies, elves, imps, ogres, sirens, and — in case you could not already inform from the title of the weekend — a sure boy wizard.

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Turkey legs simply hit completely different at a Renaissance competition.

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Pageant meals

Look, it is not exhausting to attain a turkey leg round these elements. They promote them at a bunch of South Florida gala’s. However there’s one thing about noshing on a turkey leg at a Renaissance competition that feels proper. Different conventional choices on the competition embody gyros, falafel, pulled pork, corn canines, Italian sausages, and caramel apples. If you wish to attempt one thing just a little extra distinctive to the renaissance competition, there’s the shepherd’s pie or Scotch egg (a boiled egg wrapped in pork that has been breaded and fried). You will not discover that at Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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Costumes are an enormous factor on the Renaissance competition.

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Quirky costumes

There are few locations higher for people-watching than a Ren fest. That is on account of all of the company and workers proudly parading across the park in medieval and legendary costumes, from muffin caps and cloaks to bodices and pointy ears. However the costumes serve extra than simply an aesthetic function. These outfits set the temper for the occasion and assist transport you to a different place and time. It is extremely really helpful that you simply gown in costume in case you attend the competition, however it’s not required. Severely, although: gown up.

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The joust is the competition’s hottest occasion.

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Joust stunt present

The days of dueling rivals obliterating one another with lances at excessive speeds aren’t any extra. The entire thing was too primitive — even for a renaissance competition. Now the joust is a stunt present with trick-riding and chariot races. There are storylines (winner will get the lady, er, princess), and there are designated good and unhealthy guys, type of like what you’d see in WWE. Audiences do not appear to thoughts. The joust continues to be the renaissance competition’s hottest occasion.

Animatronic dragons

New this 12 months is that this animatronic show that includes greater than a dozen dragons. The dragons measure as much as 20 ft lengthy and have been created by Dino Don Inc., which you may need seen featured on Shark Tank final 12 months. These winged monsters roar, slither, flap their wings and sing — sure, sing. What, you assume Figment is the one dragon that may carry a tune?

Florida Renaissance Pageant. Saturday, February 5, by Sunday, March 20, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Rd., Deerfield Seaside; 954-776-1642; ren-fest.com. Tickets value $14 to $32; youngsters 5 and youthful get in free.



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