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291--Florida: The World's Longest Parade
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 30 2005 - 14:13 PST
cherie writes: It’s billed as the “World’s Longest Parade” and it happens once a year on Duval St. in Key West. Celebrating the independence of the Conch Republic, the town’s biggest kooks and funkiest weirdoes strutted their stuff from the shores of the Atlantic all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

The parade ended (and the party started) at the Schooner Wharf Bar (which was named one of the 10 best bars in the world by National Geographic.)

Greg and I went to a thrift-store to buy costumes for the parade. I bought a stuffed frog, stuck it on a hat, and I was ready to go. Greg slipped on Gumby pants and wore and equally silly self-made hat. (The safety-pins we bought to assemble the outfits cost more money than the entire costumes!)

Silly stuffed toys: $1 each
Hats: $1.50 each
Gumby pants: $2
Safety-pins: $6
Riding down Duval Street in the World’s Longest Parade: Priceless.

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Cherie celebrating the independence of the Conch Republic.  I bought that frog at a thirft store a few hours before the event.

Cherie celebrating the independence of the Conch Republic. I bought that frog at a thirft store a few hours before the event.

Cherie and Greg getting ready for the parade with some kids in Key West.

Cherie and Greg getting ready for the parade with some kids in Key West.

A Conch princess getting into her Conch-mobile.

A Conch princess getting into her Conch-mobile.

Hemmingway look-a-like?

Hemmingway look-a-like?

She is definately Miss Informed.

She is definately Miss Informed.

What's that on his head?

What's that on his head?

What's on his head?  (Another thrift-store purchase!)

What's on his head? (Another thrift-store purchase!)

Cat nappers on rollerblades.

Cat nappers on rollerblades.

Everyone loves Italian girls.

Everyone loves Italian girls.

It only hurts when the Conch Republic laughs.

It only hurts when the Conch Republic laughs.

Iguana have fun?

Iguana have fun?

801 Bourbon Bar float.

801 Bourbon Bar float.

Everyone loves bubbles!

Everyone loves bubbles!

Time for a smoke break.

Time for a smoke break.

Chicks in trucks.

Chicks in trucks.

David and Greg.

David and Greg.

Bubble fun.

Bubble fun.

The Fire Dept is here to put out any fires.

The Fire Dept is here to put out any fires.

OK pirates, give up the booty!

OK pirates, give up the booty!

A Conch princess.

A Conch princess.

Red and white.

Red and white.

I have to know...where do you do your hair?

I have to know...where do you do your hair?

Even though he passed away, Mel Fisher never misses a good parade.

Even though he passed away, Mel Fisher never misses a good parade.

Original scooter mermaid art.

Original scooter mermaid art.

And there will be dancing in the street.

And there will be dancing in the street.

A Conch kid with an armful of beads.

A Conch kid with an armful of beads.

Greg having fun in his Gumby pants.

Greg having fun in his Gumby pants.

Conch kids rev up their engines.

Conch kids rev up their engines.

The "longest parade in the world" goes down Duval St. all the way from the Atlantic shores to the Gulf of Mexico.

The "longest parade in the world" goes down Duval St. all the way from the Atlantic shores to the Gulf of Mexico.

The parade is messing up my hair!!

The parade is messing up my hair!!

His hat says: "I'm an over-dressed nudist."

His hat says: "I'm an over-dressed nudist."

Royal Hand Maiden.

Royal Hand Maiden.

Can he see through that hair?

Can he see through that hair?

My frog got more beads than I did!

My frog got more beads than I did!

Theo's glad he moved to Key West.

Theo's glad he moved to Key West.

The extra-happy driver.

The extra-happy driver.

The 801 Bourbon St. float leaves a trail of bubbles down the street.

The 801 Bourbon St. float leaves a trail of bubbles down the street.

Boys gone crazy.

Boys gone crazy.

Pirates ready to party at the Schooner Warf Bar.

Pirates ready to party at the Schooner Warf Bar.