202 William St
Key West, FL 33040
KICK-OFF PARTY AND CONCH SHELL BLOWING CONTEST
HEADQUARTERS CONCH of the REPUBLIC INDEPENDENT CELEBRATION
April 21st, 2017
The World Famous Schooner Wharf Bar on Key West Bight at the foot of William Street, hosts the Official Kick-Off event of our 35th Anniversary as the “People Who Seceded Where Others Failed” beginning at 7pm on Friday the 21st. Charles Kuralt, imbibing his first cocktail at the Schooner Wharf, mused, “…this must be the center of the Universe
Schooner Wharf Bar is gearing up for the traditional start of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration at the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest at the Schooner Wharf Conch Republic Independence Celebration Kick-Off Party.
Local “Conch-Republicans” and visitors can compete for prizes awarded for the Longest, Loudest and Most Musical trumpet of Key West’s namesake mollusk.
Six winners will take home gifts from Cruzan Rum and Landshark Lager, water adventures compliments of Sebago Watersports, Sunset Watersports, Schooner America 2.0, Spirit of Independence and other treasures courtesy of Schooner Wharf Bar.
The colorful Caribbean Queen Junkanoos, a celebratory parade with traditional Bahamian instruments of drums, cowbells, whistles and horns in festive, colorful costumes will parade through Schooner Wharf from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Adding to the festivities are the Caribbean dance rhythms of The Cayo Ritmo Band. They play an eclectic mix of reggae, calypso, soca, cha-cha, as well rock, R&B and funk. Expect high-energy dance sets and improvisational inter-play between the steel pan and guitar and Latin percussion jam sessions. Definitely bring your dancing shoes…
For more information about the Official Headquarters of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration events, call (305) 292-3302, visit schoonerwharf.com. or join us on Facebook.