The Conch Republic Independence celebration is a ten day event that celebrates Key West’s brief secession from the United States. The celebration started April 19th and will end the 28th. Some of the upcoming events include:
Tuesday April 23rd
Pet Stroll – Benefits Xena Fund, with prizes for children, pet look-a-like, group, and Conch Republic Theme. Register at 5pm, stroll at 6pm. Starts at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.
Wednesday April 24th
Red Ribbon Bed Race Pole Position Pre-Party – Party with the racers at 2nd most famous pajama party in Key West. 9pm, 4 Charles Street.
Thursday April 25th
World’s Longest Parade – Down Duval Street from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico at Schooner Wharf Bar. 8pm. After parade party at Schooner Wharf begins at 9pm.
Friday April 26th
Bloody Battle in the Key West Harbor – Viewable only from the Key West Harbor (try the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key House), vessels toss stale Cuban bread at Coast Guard vessels and each other re-enacting the “secession” of Key West from the United States. (boat Captains who plan on participating must attend the mandatory Captain’s meeting on April 23, 9pm, at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street). Battle begins at 7pm. After, at 9pm is the Victory Party at the Schooner Wharf.
Saturday April 27th
29th Annual Bourbon Street Pub Bed Races – Creatively decorated beds, each equipped with wheels, are pushed by contestants in a race down Duval Street. Schedule is as follows: 2pm racers line up and bed inspection, 3pm parade of beds up Duval Street, and 3:30pm racing starts. Call 305-292-0448 to sign your team up for the event. Duval Street, between Fleming Street and Olivia Street.
Pirate’s Ball & Pig Roast - Bottom feeders unite…we can’t let the Upper Crustaceans have all the fun! Pirate Costume competition, prizes, music, food, and always a good time. Schooner Wharf Bar, foot of William Street.