NEW: South Florida Fair theme released (Hint: Costumes, floats, music)


If the South Florida Fair organizers took one thing away from the 2017 Mardi Gras-themed extravaganza it’s that everyone loves a parade.

So the 2018 fair will be all about costumes, music and floats.

The theme will be “Magical Parades,” which will feature one unique parade each day, said vice president and chief operating officer Vicki Chouris. This year’s fair will run is Jan. 12-28.

SEE: Photos from the 2017 Fair

For anyone who loved the Mardi Gras parades, those floats will be back this year and they will hold Mardi Gras parades on Tuesdays. Those days the entrance fee will be $2 and each food vendor will have a $2 item. The slogan this year is “get your beads on.”

“It’s just so fun to watch these little children and grown men with their hands up waiting to catch beads,” Chouris said.

Other parades will be themed by different locations like a German Oktoberfest or a Bahamian “Junkanoo,” which features costumes, music and traditional dance. A Chinese New Year’s Parade with Chinese acrobats will kick off the festivities.

There will also be other types of parades like two signature “Bike Nite” parades, which often attract more than 250 motorcyclists and a Veterans Day theme. There will be other themed parades that will be announced closer to the beginning of the fair.

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Some food vendors are still up in the air, but there will the New Orleans Cajun food will be back along with German beer for the Oktoberfest day.

The Fair’s theme is often based on a destination like New Orleans or Las Vegas, but there have also been themes like science or sports.

“The fair tries to feature a theme that’s not just fun but educational as well,” she said.

One of her favorites was when they featured national parks and had park rangers on site to teach people about the different spots.

As always the fair will also have more than 1,000 lifestock exhibitions from more than 30 Florida counties, daily ice skating performances and more than 200 rides and games.



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