In December, the Key West City Commission unanimously passed a resolution declaring December 25th as “Favorite Son of the Conch Republic Day” in memory of the late Jimmy Buffett. The proclamation, spearheaded by local enthusiast Paul Menta and endorsed by Mayor Teri Johnston, pays tribute to Buffett’s profound influence on Key West’s cultural fabric and economic prosperity. Recognizing Buffett’s enduring legacy, which spans from his Island roots at Crazy Ophelia’s, Howie’s Lounge, the Chart Room, and Captain Tony’s to his global impact through music and entrepreneurial ventures, the proclamation underscores his role in shaping Key West’s laid-back lifestyle and promoting it to the world.
“We’re thrilled to launch the inaugural It’s 5 o’clock Key West celebration in honor of Jimmy Buffett, an icon beloved by locals and fans worldwide,” expressed Menta.
To commemorate Buffett’s contributions as Key West’s favorite son and pioneer of the Trop Rock movement, on Thursday the City Commission green-lighted a city-wide celebration of Jimmy’s legacy to be held during Labor Day weekend. The events will take place from August 29th to September 2nd, 2024 and will include themed events, dinners, sailing excursions, tours, contests, and performances at various venues across the island, many of which hold sentimental significance for Buffett and his fans.
The highlight of the week-end long extravaganza will be a lively walking ‘second line’ parade on Sunday, September 1 at 5pm, featuring a marching band procession along Duval Street. The parade will culminate at Truman Waterfront Park, where attendees will enjoy a free “friends of Jimmy” concert experience and festival activities.
In true Parrot Head fashion, community engagement lies at the heart of “It’s 5 o’clock Key West” endeavors. For a $30 donation, supporters will receive a commemorative souvenir Parade Pass. The proceeds will be managed by the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and distributed to the Bahama Village Music Program to inspire local young musicians and Reef Relief, stewards of our ocean environment, a cause important to Jimmy. The Sunday event will take place both in person and virtually. With the purchase of a lanyard, guests anywhere in the world can be a part of the festivities tuning in to watch the action unfold online while celebrating alongside at home. For local guests, the donation will offer access to special perks and offers from valued local partners.
“We’re thrilled to launch the inaugural It’s 5 o’clock Key West celebration in honor of Jimmy Buffett, an icon beloved by locals and fans worldwide,” expressed Menta. “We invite everyone to join us over Labor Day weekend for a memorable tribute to this extraordinary ambassador of the Conch Republic. Stay tuned for updates on the full lineup of events, charitable initiatives, and ways to get involved.”