Fins To The Left

by Dave on May 15, 2009

As first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, April 30, 2009:

The Parrotheads have a good time. That’s the whole point.

“We party with a purpose,” says Debbie Auld, the president of the Delaware Seashore Parrothead Club. “And we believe in the tropical lifestyle.”

Part of that ‘purpose’ is the Parrotheads’ upcoming Boat Drinks Bacchanal on May 16 at Lewes’ Lighthouse Restaurant, benefiting Alzheimer’s research and Marine Education, Rehabilitation and Research (MERR).

“Boat Drinks is our largest fundraiser that we do for the year, and last year we raised almost 11,000,” says Auld. “The year before we raised over 14,000. We have so many people that come every year, and we always have some new faces, too.”

The Parrothead tradition started with one club in Atlanta and has now grown to include over 200 clubs around the world.

“There are clubs everywhere, says Auld. “Two new ones every week, it seems.”

According to the Parrot Heads in Paradise (the clubs’ international association), the clubs’ purpose is “to assist in community and environmental concerns and provide a variety of social activities for people who are interested in the music of Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he personifies.”

Parrothead clubs around the world have donated over $13 million and over 2 million hours of volunteer service in the last 6 years alone. And the local club has contributed.

“We have our own stretch of beach and our own stretch of road that we clean twice a year,” says Auld. “We plant beach grass and plover fencing, and we do the dolphin count in July, too”

The club also launched a smaller annual fundraiser in February this year at Mango Mikes in Bethany Beach, called the Tropical Icebreaker.

For more on the Delaware Seashore Parrotheads, click here to visit their web site.

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