South Florida might not be among the oldest of permanent human settlements, but that doesn't mean we don't have our traditions - even if most of them center around partying.
The good thing about being such a youthful community is that traditions form quickly and the bus loop is one such example. Since the ancient days of 2007 - who even remember that far back! - the bus loop has wound its way through our most entertaining downtown areas combining philanthropy and fun, drinking and designated driving in a way that has brought joy to the masses and funds to the needy.
The loop proceeds have gone to many a good cause over the years, but never before has the cause been so warm and fuzzy: 100+ Abandoned Dogs Everglades.
The first ever Dog Rescue Bus Loop is winding its way through Deerfield and Boca Friday.
It will work the same way all the bus loops work: After checking in at a central location - in this case you can choose from Two Georges at the Cove or The Dubliner - you get your bracelet and a map and hop on one of the charming trolleys. From 6 to 11 p.m. the trolleys make the route, over and over, allowing the debauched to hop on and off at each designated stop as many times as they want. You can camp out at one location for most of the night, or make the rounds and hit them all.
At each stop there is a designated beverage or two and appetizers. Stops include Wishing Well, Black Rose, 101 Cantina, Kahuna's, Biergarten Boca Raton, Los Andes, and Osteria Sapori. Post-party will take place at Oceans 234.
What's new about this particular loop is that it will benefit the 100+ Abandoned Dogs Everglades. For some reason, heartless Floridians think that "setting dogs free" in the Everglades is not the same as abandoning them. They are wrong. Domesticated dogs are not suited to life in the wild and certainly not in a swamp. 100+ rescues the abandoned pooches, rehabs them, and finds them new homes.
The first Dog Rescue Bus Loop will take place on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. with a route connecting Boca and Deerfield Beach. Admission is $30 if you prepay before noon Friday at busloop.org, and $35 at the door. As with every bus loop, designated drivers get free admission - and a complimentary sense of righteous satisfaction.
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