Hearty Dancers Defied Duval's Sheriff
Foley, Bill, The Florida Times Union
It was a movable feast.
A fugitive fandango, if you will.
"Stop the music!" the sheriff of Duval County insisted, once upon an unimaginable time.
Thou Shalt Not Marathon on the Sabbath, the majesty of the law decreed.
So they up and put the shindig on a flatbed truck and danced on, regardless.
For reasons perhaps under-appreciated in a day of cable television and personal computers, marathon dancing was big in 1923.
Jacksonville had not one, but two high-profile dance endurance contests going on at the same time that June.
One was George Boutwell's Ortega pavilion in West Jacksonville, the other on Shad's Pier in …
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Publication information: Article title: Hearty Dancers Defied Duval's Sheriff. Contributors: Foley, Bill - Author. Newspaper title: The Florida Times Union. Publication date: June 16, 1999. Page number: 6. © 2007 The Florida Times-Union. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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