Photos: Fans know how to party at the Miami Dolphins first home game!

(Video by Julio Poletti/The Palm Beach Post; Music by “My Time” by Ryan Little licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)

Sunday, Sept. 25 was the Miami Dolphins first home game of the 2016 NFL season. And the Post captured Fins’ fans tailgating like crazy at Hard Rock Stadium. Fans decked out in total Dolphins gear from orange hair to full Gorilla masks and more.

Did we snap your party photo? Check out our “Miami Dolphins Tailgate Party’ photo gallery.

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“I started the Gorilla thing, so that’s why my jersey is #1” said Luke Gorilla #1 during the first Miami Dolphins home game. (Julio Poletti/The Palm Beach Post)

Also, check out our Palm Beach Post staff photographers’ exclusive images from Fins’ first win: Photo Gallery -Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns

Top 8 hot spots for things to do in Jupiter, Tequesta, Lake Park

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Meghan Varner, of Blueline Paddle Surf, helps Sophia Saade, of Palm Beach Gardens, steer a paddle board during an event at Blueline Paddle Surf in Jupiter. (Madeline Gray/The Palm Beach Post)

Jupiter is known for its natural beauty and wealthy lifestyle. But along its pristine coast of river and ocean, the mansions and yachts, and expensive cost of living, the millennial emerges — cut from the strange, ever-diminishing cloth of (upper) middle-class suburbs.

Jupiter millennials — some high school grads with trade jobs and others back from college with no jobs — appear sporadically throughout the town. They may not always form a homogenous body of lumped behaviors, but there are a few places in Jupiter you should check out if you are a millennial or a millennial-at-heart:

North county hot spots: ’80s baby’s guide to best things to do in Tequesta, Jupiter and Lake Park

Best of the weekend: Did we snap your photo at these fun-filled festivals?

It’s that time of year when weekends are filled with festivals galore! And this weekend kicked off two big ones:

The Latin Food and Music Festival:

The Latin Food and Music Festival went above and beyond the expectations.
This was the inaugural Latin event of its kind held at the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 in West Palm Beach. Surprisingly, it brought an outstanding attendance doubling expectations.

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The crowd enjoys the live music at the Latin Music & Food Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, 2016.

The event was split into two different areas: indoor bazaar-style market, and outdoor food ‘paraiso!’ From Colombian Arepas and Mexican Tacos to your typical fair funnel cakes, the food offerings featured many Latin American flavors. But where was the fiesta? Inside, with AC!
Don’t let the commodity of the air conditioning fool you, the party was hot! Headliners such as Tito Puente Jr. and Angel y Kriz performed lively on stage, meanwhile, the guests got to show off their Latin moves with each classic tune. Even the police officers couldn’t help but move!

Did we snap your photo at the Latin Music & Food Festival? Here’s a photo gallery from the event!

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2016 Taste of Soul Food Festival in downtown West Palm Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)

The Taste of Soul Food Festival

If there was one thing you missed by not attending West Palm Beach’s Taste of Soul Food Festival on the downtown waterfront, it was the amazing Caribbean dishes and soul food plates. For less than $10, you got a protein, and at least three sides and a drink.

The live music performances kept men and women on their feet and in front of the stage vibin’ the entire time. Even the children were shaking their hips as they danced to songs like “Cha-Cha Slide” and “Drop That ‘NaeNae.”

Many attended the event to see Stephen Marley’s performance. He and his band arrived just as the sun was setting. The sounds of his voice and the live band were soothing and served as the perfect way to end the night.

Did we snap your photo at the Taste of Soul Food Festival? Here’s a photo gallery from the event!


Halloween Horror Nights: killers, ghouls and one very scary little girl

The face of ‘The Exorcist’s little possessed girl Regan (Linda Blair). who haunted my dreams for years as a kid. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort.)

ORLANDO — When the leaves turn brown and begin to fall, when the weather starts getting a tad nippier at night, when the NFL season is in full swing, that only means one thing….it’s time to get the living heck scared out of you at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

Yes, the 26th annual frightfest returns Friday, running on select nights through Oct. 31 with nine haunted houses, including those featuring Leatherface, the chainsaw-loving homicidal maniac from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre;” Michael Myers, the knife-wielding, slow-walking killer from, oh, 68 “Halloween”  films; the bloodthirsty zombies from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and, the one I’m looking forward to most, the pea soup-spewing, head-spinning demonic little girl from “The Exorcist” – still the scariest movie ever made.

If that’s not enough, look for more chills and thrills inside “American Horror Story,” FX’s wildly popular anthology, but ridiculously violent, series and “Krampus,” a horned creature who punishes children at Christmastime. Gives new meaning to the “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” lyrics, “You better watch out/You better not cry/You better not pout/I’m telling you why,” doesn’t it?

Also look for five scare zones and two live shows.

Anyone who really knows me, knows Halloween Horror Nights is one of my favorite events of the year. I moved to Florida from New York in 1996 with my family and I’ve been to every HHN since.

What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers' house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.
What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers’ house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.

Two years ago was one of my favorites as I stood toe-to-toe with Michael Myers, wondering if I was going to make it out of his Haddonfield, Ill., house alive. OK, so I wasn’t really wondering that since this is all make-believe stuff, but, hey, work with me here.

This year, I’m psyched about “The Exorcist,” a movie that haunted my dreams for months after seeing it as an 11-year-old kid when the film premiered in 1973. I wasn’t alone. Moviegoers were reported fainting in theaters. I wasn’t that bad. I just covered my eyes a lot. If I had another set of hands, I would’ve covered my ears while little girl Regan (Linda Blair) was speaking in tongues. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for taking me.

Anyway, I’m 54 now. Way past the childhood trauma of watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees while she’s saying the kind of naughty things no little girl has any business saying.

At least, I hope I’m past that trauma. I’ve seen the film several times since 1973 and usually rent it around Halloween as part of my own personal “Horrorfest” movie marathon I host at home. But watching a film and seeing a possessed little girl whose voice is deeper than mine in person are two different things.

Look for an upcoming blog on my reaction to little girl Regan’s evil antics in the coming weeks.

For more ghoulish information on HHN, click here….if you dare! (Cue sinister laugh)