Miami Beach is celebrating its Golden Age of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s during which it emerged as the capital of Art Deco architecture and became one of the bastions of modernism in the United States with the Art Deco Weekend festival.

The festival offers art exhibits, a wide variety of food and other activities on world-famous Ocean Drive.

The weekend, during which more than 300,000 people are expected to visit the city, includes assorted events such a parade of dogs costumed in the Art Deco style, performances by magicians and dancers, as well as the presence of a troupe of people strolling around the scene dressed as gangsters and actors of the epoch.

The festival, organized by the Miami Design Preservation League, or MDPL, has as one of its most noteworthy draws a "haute couture" fashion show that recreates a similar event from the period, with models showing bathing suits and short skirts.

Another of the key events of the weekend is, without a doubt, "The Antique Experience," an exposition and sale of furniture and other items, as well as Art Deco-style clothing to be held in two tents set up in Lummus Park, between Ocean Drive and the beach.

Different companies from the United States, Argentina, Chile, Italy and France - taking advantage of the resurgence that Art Deco in Miami Beach has been enjoying - have come to the event with a variety of merchandise, much of which is being bought by area hotels to acquire some of the spirit and flavor of the epoch.

The 37th edition of Art Deco Weekend, which concludes on Sunday, includes for the first time an exposition of toys and games of the period, as well as guided tours through the historic district of Miami Beach and an exhibition of classic automobiles and motorcycles, many of them from the first half of the 20th Century. EFE