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Meeting Of The Minds

Who or what is a Parrot Head?

The "Who" would be defined by the fact that these responsible party-goers come from all walks of life, ethnicity and span the girth of human age.

The "What" comes from a phrase used in 1985 by one of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer band members when he noticed many of the fans wore tropical themed shirts, and had parrots on their heads.

Parrot Head Clubs can be found almost everywhere. The United States is home to several hundred organizations while others have sprouted up around the world.

Typically, a Parrot Head has a fondness for tropical garb, especially those with a parrot theme. They also have a true passion for all things Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville.

Coral Reefer Band MOTM Key West 2019

Coral Reefer Band At Parrot Head MOTM 2019, Key West FL
Courtesy of Jayne and Dennis Pagano

With a deep admiration for the Florida Keys lifestyle, so poignantly coined in Jimmy Buffett's songs, fun loving Parrot Heads party with a purpose - responsibly.

However, there is far more to this group of music loving, parrot dressing people than a genuine appreciation for trop rock music. An important part of the Parrot Head culture is that they engage in a variety of charitable activities.

Jimmy Buffett In Concert

Jimmy Buffett Signing Autographs, Key West FL
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Dale M. McDonald Collection

In fact, the conditions set forth by Buffett before allowing Clubs to form, was that they be non-profit and educational. Charity and the good of community was to be at the center of each Club's founding.

Nationwide and internationally, Parrot Head Clubs are successfully active in fund raising to support a wide array of important projects, charities and organizations.

Contributing millions of dollars, and even more millions of volunteer hours, these Parrot Head Clubs have supported a vast number of humanitarian causes.

However, being a Parrot Head does not mean all work and no play. Throughout the year, Clubs host various charitable activities along with Meeting Of The Minds events for their members.

Buttercup, A Happy Parrot Head, Key West, 2019

Buttercup, Another Happy Parrot Head, Key West FL, 2019
Courtesy of Jayne and Dennis Pagano

Even though these events are packed with great music and lots of fun, the Key West party is the one that attracts the greatest number of Parrot Heads worldwide.

Sacred Jimmy Buffett ground, Key West is the backdrop for many of the icon's memorable songs.

Roaming the streets of Key West, Meeting Of the Mind attendees get a feel for the lifestyle Buffett promoted. They can frequent popular Key West bars and Florida Keys attractions, topped off by a visit to the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Store and Restaurant, 500 Duval Street.

Jimmy Buffett In Concert

In 2022, the Key West Chapter, The Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc., hosted their 32nd annual meeting. This year was the last year for a while due to construction at the venue site. There is a chance they may be able to return to Key West for the annual Meeting of the Mind event at some point, but for now that is in the future, perhaps very distant future.

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