Tropical Parrot
"It's Five O'clock Somewhere"

The common stereotype is of a Parrothead is a person wearing a Hawaiian shirt, flip-flops and board shorts, drinking a margarita; however, many fans are members of Parrothead clubs. The general theme of being a Parrothead is one of relaxation and being on a permanent mental vacation, even while working. Some prefer the spelling "Parrotthead," reflecting the double "t" in Buffett.

The more "professional" aspect is to wear high-end tropical vacation clothing, such as Tommy Bahama, though this is likely seen by many as a departure from the "true tenets" of being a Parrothead as it references a more expensive lifestyle than is commonly associated with being a tropical beach bum. In Parrothead-friendly Florida, such clothing is as likely to be accepted in an office setting as a construction site.

The term "Parrothead" was coined during a Jimmy Buffett concert at the Timberwolf Ampitheater outside Cincinnati, Ohio. At that show, Jimmy commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats who keep coming back to see his shows, just like Deadheads. Timothy B. Schmit, a former member of the Coral Reefer Band and a former member of both Poco and The Eagles, coined the term "Parrothead". Ray Davies of The Kinks wrote "Sunny Afternoon" in 1966. Buffett changed the lyrics to read /Tellin' tales of parrotheads and parties/ on his album Fruitcakes.

Parrothead groups "party with a purpose," and hold fundraiser events for different causes. Events range from single act concerts or happy hours to the annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West, Florida, which attracts approximately 3,500 Parrotheads each year. The several day event, sponsored by the Parrot Heads in Paradise includes live music, but also a Toys for Tots drive, a blood drive, raffles and other events to raise money for charities. Some regional groups will focus on one or two key charities, while others may switch between several. Environmental causes, cancer research, Alzheimer's research and the March of Dimes all have received large donations from Parrothead organizations. In 2005, 2.2 million dollars was raised by these organizations, along with toys, blood, canned goods and many hours of manpower to support various charities in the US and beyond.

 

 


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