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Toss Cares, and Fish, to the Wind

Think Mardi Gras with buckets of dead fish and that pretty much sums up the 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss held on Perdido Key in Pensacola, Fla. Why in the world would this be such good time attended by thousands over the course of three days?

Three possibilities: beach, beer, and buckets (of dead fish). It’s all in fun, and contributions to throw the fish help local charities.

This test of physical skill involves standing in a circle and throwing a fish across the Florida-Alabama state line. The event will be April 26–28 at the venerable Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar on Perdido Key Drive. And yes, the bar gives trophy prizes to winners in each category. Admission is $10 for adults 21 and older, $15 for tossers younger than 21.

Originally built in 1964, the Flora-Bama gets its name from the location near the Alabama-Florida border. However, the bar is entirely located within Florida, with the Alabama state line being less than 10 feet from the western outside wall.

Because parking for the event is limited, Flora-Bama will run shuttles from Orange Beach, Ala. It also may be a good idea to find accommodations within walking distance or a short cab ride from the bar if your party doesn’t already have a designated driver.

For visitor information, contact the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce at or Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism at

If this is all seems just too fishy for your tastes, the Perdido Key Art and Wine Tasting Festival will be March 24, while the Orange Beach Festival of Art will be March 9 and 10.

Perdido Key is located about 209 miles east of New Orleans, La., via Interstate 10.

Deborah Reinhardt

Mar/Apr 2013 Issue

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