“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.”
“Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified.
“No. No. No. It’s a dead mullet.”
I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if what interesting events in the city. (I was thinking something like a seaside Coachella.)
With the speed of a Jeopardy contestant, she replied, “Yes! The Florabama Mullet Toss!”
A first, I assumed she was kidding. She had to be kidding, right? On the contrary, it’s not only for real, this crazy celebration has been drawing massive crowds for 30 years. What?!!
I got to thinking, Pensacola can’t be the only city with an off-the-wall ritual. It is America, after all.
I did a little research, and lo and behold, I learned that if you take an absolutely nutty idea, add live bands, good food, lots of beer, and enough laughter to make you snort, it’s bound to be a hit.
With that in mind, I bring you some of my favorite American events so goofy they’re great.
C’mon, you know you want to go.
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