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Ten Memorial Day Parties to Kick Off Summer in Broward and Palm Beach

Many spend the days leading into Memorial Day weekend securing sunscreen with just the right amount of SPF, nailing down out-of-town hotel reservations, or procuring enough Bubba Burgers to keep the guests at our megagrillout at bay.

But for others, the prospect of having an extra day off doesn't consist entirely of beaches, babes, and hot dogs. Some of us want to rock out, cut the rug, and dig on some cool vibes late into the night. We're psyched about that extra little time to cure our ugly holiday hangovers but know we need to weigh our entertainment options wisely. Opportunities like this come around only a few times a year, after all.

The melee of South Beach seems a bit daunting, so we've done the research on the best things to do this weekend to kick off summer the right way in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

10. The 8th Ever '80s Prom

9 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. No cover. Call 561-832-9999, or visit respectablestreet.com.

Grab the Aqua Net and adjust your cummerbunds. The venerable West Palm Beach punk-rock institution Respectable Street invites you to revisit the '80s in what's now become a time-honored tradition on Clematis Street. Spiked punch will flow during the eighth-annual prom, and prizes for the best prom king and queen will be provided. It's like high school only with a much better crowd, a cooler venue, and a John Hughes theme. Don't miss the "cheesy" prom pics taken under the ballroom's covered archway.

9. Mr. Beefcake South Florida Competition

9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Bill's Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Call 954-567-5978, or visit billsfillingstation.com.

You don't have to drive all the way to North Carolina to check out some bears this long weekend. Why not spend the night at Bill's Filling Station, where hairy, heavyset gentlemen abound. Expect an abundance of cuddly, hirsute men dancing to the sounds of DJ Kurt Jo. And for the crowned king of beefcakes, there's a $100 prize. Growl!

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Alex Rendon

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