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It's the stickiest situation you'll ever hope to be in: The annual and much-anticipated and oh-so gloriously raucous Great Beale Street Wine Race is this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. It begins with a parade featuring the suitably (oftentimes outrageously) outfitted staff from the 25-plus participating restaurants. Then it's the Queen of the Vine contest, a beauty-pageant-esque exercise with a naughty bent. Next up, it's the Grape Stomp, with one bucket, an allotted portion of 30 cases of grapes, and two feet squashing squashing squashing for two minutes. Finally, it's the grand finale: the titular wine race, a spill-riffic relay event during which servers hightail it with tray-loads of wine.

Of special note is the Grape Stomp, which is being resurrected this year. Says Sandy Robertson of the Beale Street Merchants Association and driving force behind the Great Beale Street Wine Race: "It's the biggest mess you'll ever see in your life."

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