Renaissance Festival returns to South Dade

 

Sword fights and bagpipes will be among the attractions as the festival spends the next three weekends in South Miami-Dade.

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By Rodolfo Roman

South Floridians will have a chance to go back in time to the Renaissance during the next few weekends.

The Florida Renaissance Festival will return to Miami’s Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Hwy, on Saturdays and Sundays March 30 through April 14.

The show was in Deerfield Beach last month. Cauley Square has an authentic feel of a forest said president and founder of the festival Bobby Rodriguez.

“That’s the beauty of the new show at Cauley Square Historic Village,” he wrote on an e-mail. “Most of the site is canopied with big beautiful trees. We love it there.”

Those who attend the festival will get a feel of the days of yore and experience the renaissance period with entertainment, rides, games and food. Watch out for knights in full armor riding on giant draft horses with full contact jousting and more.

The event is more than just entertainment, said Rodriguez.

“The festival has always had a major cultural educational and economic impact on South Florida,” he said. “Together with 16th Century Inc., a non-profit sister organization, we not only offer historical re-enactments, encampments and demonstrations at the festival, but offer workshops throughout the year such as acting, medieval cooking, herbs and spices, renaissance dance and staged combat.”

The entertainment director for the Florida Renaissance Festival, Richard Weber, said there are new adventures to look forward too.

“The interactive quest has been changed completely, updated and expanded,” he said. “New to our musical lineup is The Ironhill Vagabonds, a musical duo featuring traditional pub songs in a fast paced and tuneful manner and CuDubh a bagpipe and drum high energy musical act.”

There will also be sword fights by Buckle and Swash, comedy stunt show Kamikaze Fireflies, Masala Gypsy Dancers and magical illusions by Isaac Fawlkes.

Moreover, there will be the Predators Unlimited show featuring exotic bears, alligators, monkeys and crocodiles.

Weber said attending the festival provides a thrill.

“This isn’t a movie. This isn’t a mall. This isn’t the theater,” he said. “This is live entertainment, but without the separation between artist and audience. Perhaps we might be best described as a cross between a county faire and a theme park.”

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