We opted to go on Friday and then again on Saturday so we could watch the parade. We met up with our long time friends, Rich Mahshie and Loretta and Wayne Bauer, ran into some Palm City friends, Elaine and John Cicchino and reconnected with new friends, Renee and Ken Diaz, Sr. As to be expected, my hubby, prearranged and pre-paid parking for our Bertha Butt, so that was a breeze. We took our camping chairs and a couple of coolers full of beer and (water for me) and although we arrived close to 4 pm and the streets were pretty packed, we walked easily down Green Street for two blocks until we reached the corner of Duval Street. That happened to be the corner of Sloppy Joe’s. The streets were already barricaded, and as if a spot had been saved for us, we found an area right on the corner by the curb where we set up our chairs right behind the barricades. It was fantastic. We could hear the music coming from Sloppy Joe’s, food vendors were no more than 10 feet away, bathrooms were available so all was good. As the parade time got closer, people began to creep closer and closer to Duval Street, as expected. Thankfully, because of our chairs, we had a built-in buffer which actually made our location very enjoyable. During the parade, if you show your breasts you get more beads. So John flashed his and tons of beads he got, which of course made it that much funnier.
There were many costumes, but the body painting, oh my. Some artists were pretty unbelievable, others painted their bodies on their own and it was pretty obvious who did what. However, the consensus is that some people have absolutely no business ever taking their clothes off in public or especially getting their bodies painted, but oh well, it is Key West after all and we probably will never meet again.
I will post some pictures below but feel free to x out if you choose not to continue. Our next post will be from back in Charleston, and you can continue to follow our adventures from there.
Wow! I wonder to whom do these grammies belong?
We have tons more pictures but the above are just selected few to provide a taste of what we experienced. Both John and I spent both of our birthdays in this unique town with fabulous people and had a wonderful time.
We now leave the Keys and travel north to Charleston. Darn, from now on, we will just have to behave.
See you soon!!!