The presidential pardoning of the turkey may be a long-standing American holiday tradition, but we do things differently in Miami. Since roasted pig (or lechón) is a staple at any holiday table, pardoning pigs has become a tradition unique to the city.
On Monday, December 11, Latin Café 2000 in Brickell will hold the sixth annual Pig Pardoning Ceremony, during which Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava will pardon two lucky pigs named Travis and Taylor. Now, wait just a minute….
This year’s ceremony, kicking off at 10 a.m., will have a star-studded twist, as the pigs are named after global superstar Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce. The beloved animals are owned by Alfonso and Lina Marena Berrio and were named by their daughters, Valerie and Melanie.
Spectators are invited to take part in the one-of-a-kind celebration at Latin Café 2000, who will be ensuring it becomes as flavorful as it is festive by serving up complimentary spinach croquetas and homemade Cuban cafecito.
As for Taylor and Travis (of Miami), their journey doesn’t end here. The pigs will find a forever home at the sprawling Bonanza Equestrian Center in Miami-Dade County’s horse country. They’ll join the ranks of 11 previously rescued pigs that relish their days in the open spaces of sanctuaries.
WHEN: Monday, December 11, at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Latin Café 2000, 1053 Brickell Plaza Miami, FL 33131