5th Annual Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party sets turnout record in Inverness

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Inverness Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party
ZODEE AULD/Suncoast Standard Hawaiian shirts and Jimmy Buffet music was performed by the Caribbean Chillers tribute band.

Inverness, FL–The City of Inverness hosted the Fifth Annual Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party on Saturday, August 5th. This year’s event saw a record turnout of 2,300, an estimate provided by city officials. Live entertainment was provided by Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Street vendors included specialty food items.

Inverness Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party
ZODEE AULD/Suncoast Standard Lorelei Cline shares her cotton candy with her sister, Khaleesi, at the Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party in Inverness.

According to Sharon Skeele-Hogan, City of Inverness Director of Special Events, “the Parrothead Party is one of our favorite festivals. Be honest. If Jimmy Buffet comes on the radio, you’ll probably find yourself singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” You can’t help yourself, right? At the Parrothead party, we sprinkle Buffett with conga lines, silly hats, leis, ugly Hawaiian shirts and scavenger hunts. It’s a great recipe for good times in a small town done right, and bringing tourism to Inverness is a bonus to local businesses. Very grateful to our event partners who make it possible to offer free admission.”

ZODEE AULD/Suncoast Standard Dave Deso of Sugarmill Woods and Robyn Peterson laugh as beach balls are batted around the crowd at the August 5th Inverness festival.

Event partners included Apopka Marine, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Duke Energy, Fran Haasch Law Group, Team Cone, Insight Credit Union, Nick Nicholas Ford and Lincoln, Waste Management, and Woodward and Curran.

Skeele-Hogan estimates that the crowds brought in about $18,000 to Inverness small businesses.

Inverness Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party
ZODEE AULD/Suncoast Standard Hawaiian shirts abound and Jimmy Buffet music was performed by the Caribbean Chillers tribute band.

 

Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party
ZODEE AULD/Suncoast Standard A sizable crowd attended the 5th Annual Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party Event.

 

Submitted by: Lou Newman, Publisher, on August 6, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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