Parrot Heads Gather for Tailgating Before Buffett Concert - SLIDESHOW

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 2.28.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Jimmy Buffet will take the stage in Tallahassee at 8 o'clock tonight, but some of his fans have been partying since 8 this morning. Some even longer.

We even met a few parrot heads who spent the night right in the civic center parking lot.

Fans started setting up their tiki huts, hammocks and palm trees early this morning. And don't forget the blenders and margarita mix.

Many of these die-hard fans follow Jimmy Buffett all over the state.

We met some who took two days off work to be here.

"We got up at 3:30 this morning to leave Panama City so we could get the good tailgate spot," Jennifer Smith said as she showed off a cooler full of jello shots.

"This is serious for you?"

"This is serious for me, yes. This is my seventh Jimmy Buffet concert."

Jennifer and her friends even made their own porta-potty so they could make the most of their tropical tailgate.

Our cameras will be rolling when Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band take the stage for their 'Welcome to Fin Land' tour.

Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 28, 2012 -

Local "Parrot Heads" are gathering near the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center before the Jimmy Buffet concert tonight.

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  • by Joe Location: Tallahassee on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    My first buffet show! Wow! I play lead in a a rock gig....theses guys were really good....the crowd was fAntastic ..thanks for the show of the best I seen....
  • by Dolphincat01 Location: Tallahassee on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    To all you non-parrotheads: Surprise, surprise, we were not unruly before the concert although we listened to music, danced and generally had a wonderful time. No need for drug or underage alcohol sweeps as everyone was exceptionally cool and having a marvelous time. Glad the 3 posted before me did not go -- don't need any more haters in this world -- wonderful people, wonderful food, wonderful music. The only thing that sucked was that it was in the broken down civic center which needs to be demolished and something grand built in its place! Long live Jimmy Buffet!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    So this is our way of life? Gather, dress like your on a tropical island, drink as much as you can before the concert. No wonder his music sounds great.
  • by STEVE on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    Will there be an illegal drug sweep? Should be.
  • by um on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    Jimmy Buffett is ok, but the worst obnoxious drunks I have ever endured were ParrotHeads on a Midtown bar crawl about 3 years ago.
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