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Power Rangers celebration to highlight Florida Supercon

 
 
The annual Florida Supercon convention brings superheroes, actors, wrestlers, bands and more to the Miami Airport Convention Center.
The annual Florida Supercon convention brings superheroes, actors, wrestlers, bands and more to the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Handout photo / Florida Supercon

Check it out

What: Florida Supercon.

When: July 4, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. (yes, that’s 3 A.M.); July 5-7, 10 a.m.-3 a.m.

Where: Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave.

Cost: Advance four-day pass is $65.

For info: www.floridasupercon.com.


Special to the Miami Herald

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans should brace themselves, as members of the original cast will soon be in South Florida.

Many fans in their mid-20s and early 30s will get a chance to meet their childhood heroes at the annual Florida Supercon, running July 4-7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

One of the major highlights of this year’s event is the 20th anniversary celebration of the popular children’s show. Jason David Frank, who played the white and green Power Ranger, said he is looking forward to chatting with fans in person.

“I am excited. I love Miami and Florida. I am excited that Power Rangers is bigger now than it was then,” he said. “The Green Ranger has become an icon.”

The event is South Florida’s largest comic book, anime, animation, video game, fantasy, sci-fi and pop convention. Frank said he is grateful for the opportunity to meet those who watched the show.

“I love the reaction I get from fans who are 30 years old, and when they see me they think they are 8 years old again,” he added.

Mike Broder, convention organizer, said the event brings the community together.

“I think it’s important for us to provide the most entertaining and special event possible for the community,” he said. “There would be no show without the community, so the community is far more important than the event.”

This year, aside from the Power Rangers, the four-day event will feature actors such as George Takei, Kevin Smith, Adam Baldwin and professional wrestlers including Shane Helms. There will be over 50 music bands, with the majority playing in one of the hotel ballrooms, and there will be a larger room for video-gaming. There will also be live professional wrestling, a costume competition and a large number of vendors.

Moreover, the event — expected to attract 20,000 patrons over four days — “helps the local economy in terms of hotel rooms, restaurants and local merchants,” Broder said.

“It’s the one time of year that everyone who loves what we love can get together in South Florida in one place at one time to enjoy our passion together,” he said.

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