Every year, like-minded individuals who share the love of Jimmy Buffett’s music gather in Key West for this event, and of course, a Key West vacation. These Jimmy Buffett lovers are called Parrot Heads, and they wear the name proudly (as they should!). These devoted fans come together once a year to promote the dedication to community, and raise awareness for social and environmental concerns. Jimmy Buffett’s writing and music expresses and promotes for dedication to the community, and it is something he is very passionate about.
Every year, the Key West Parrot Head Club, Inc., a Not For Profit Corporation that is fully recognized by Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc, puts together the Annual Key West Meeting for the Minds to help raise awareness to help the community, and raise money for charity. This event usually lasts about 5 days at the end of October to the beginning of November, and always the weekend following Key West’s Fantasy Fest, making it nice, cool, and a little bit more relaxed for outdoor events. The main events have been held at the Casa Marina in the past, and it has also been referred as the Parrot Head Convention.
WIth over 200 chapters of the Parrot Head Club in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and Canada, it’s easy to see how this event sells out every year. The motto of the event for the Parrot Heads is to “Party with a Purpose”, and is a great cause to party to in a place that Jimmy Buffett loves. The event will have concerts of other like-minded bands to enjoy, fun charitable events like an auction and raffles, beach parties and participation in the Margaritaville Street Festival is available for Parrot Head club members. There is an unofficial Parrot Head party that is free to all guests at the Historic Key West Inns, Lighthouse Court.
Every year, the Parrot Heads will meet other like-minded members of different Parrot Head chapters of the world. Another thing that happens every year is that one lucky Parrot Head Club is awarded at an award ceremony for outstanding efforts in charity and environmental efforts. This recognition is one of the highest awards you can receive as a Parrot Head, and the trophy is, of course, the Golden Coconut, and is presented Margaritaville Key West.
So become the ultimate Parrot Head today, and live like Jimmy Buffett does when he is here, and check out all the things to do in Key West!