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People in Miami are throwing all kinds of balcony parties and the videos are incredible

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What do you do when there’s a countywide mandatory curfew and you can’t go out on the weekend? You throw your own damn party at home. In the age of social-distancing, this could mean going digital with a Zoom video call or, if you’re lucky enough to live in a high-rise, you party on the balcony. 

That’s been the case over the last two weekends in Brickell, Edgewater and the other Miami neighborhoods dotted with skyscrapers. It all started with the balcony raves on March 21st to celebrate what would’ve been the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival. Then this past Friday, folks in Brickell took to their balconies with strobe lights and more EDM tunes for the first night of curfew in the City of Miami. "It was definitely a great moment. I know some people used it as an opportunity to thank healthcare workers, which is something we’ve been seeing all around the world," says Frances Wang, a Brickell resident and CBS Miami reporter. "Overall, it was just a community effort to bring people together during these isolated times! We really are alone together," she adds. 

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On Sunday, the party moved to Edgewater for what looked like a quarantine festival in the sky at the Gran Paraiso Residences. Artist Jared Ryan Shaw (@coffeeandchronic) helped put it together worked with Atlantic Pacific Management and Paraiso Bay Master, the building’s management company, while local DJ Tony Merenda spun the tunes that got people waving their country’s flag, dancing and coming together—responsibly. Shaw, who spent the afternoon painting on his balcony, posted a video from the event, captioning it with, in part, "6 feet or more apart but somehow we were all one." You can hear Merenda pumping up the crowd over his energetic beats, reminding us all that "they can keep us inside, but they can’t keep us from dancing." 

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Paraiso is putting on another balcony party on Saturday, April 4th around 5ish. Tune into @coffeeandchronic’s Instagram to party on *your* perch and, in the meantime, check out the other balcony happenings around town.

Brickell (Balcony) Run Club 

Balcony karaoke

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More balcony raves in Brickell

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