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Conch Republic Independence Celebration Kick-Off Party
& Conch Shell Blowing Contest

April 21st


2017 Kick - Off Party and Conch Shell Blowing Contest Photos

As if Key West wasn’t full of enough hot air….
 

Contestants in 2016 Conch Blowing ContestSchooner Wharf Bar wants to harness it all for the traditional start of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration at the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

Locals, visitors and any other blowhard can compete for prizes awarded for the longest, loudest and most musical trumpet of Key West’s namesake mollusk.

Six winners will take home gifts from Cruzan Rum and Landshark Lager, water adventures compliments of Sebago Watersports, Sunset Watersports, Spirit of Independence, America 2.0 and other treasures courtesy of Schooner Wharf Bar.

Contestants in 2016 Conch Blowing ContestThe party explodes with Cayo Ritmo playing from 7pm till midnight. "Cayo Ritmo" means in Spanish Cayo = Key or Island, or fallen, Ritmo = Rhythm. The Band plays Island or Key Rhythms, dance rhythms of the Caribbean, such as: Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Cha-Cha, Reggae-ton, as well as American dance rhythms: rock, R&B, funk and soul. Cayo Ritmo plays high-energy dance sets that are sure to get bodies moving, shaking and winding. The band is usually presented as a rock quartet Drums, Bass and Electric Guitar and featuring Steel Pan with everyone singing. Exciting elements include the improvisational inter-play between the steel pan and guitar, and latin percussion jam sections. Definitely bring your dancing shoes…

When you’re finished blowing and listening to Conchs, head over to the Schooner Wharf Galley for conch fritters and conch chowder and other tasty fare.

Contestants in 2016 Conch Blowing Contest
Contestants in 2016 Conch Blowing Contest

Conch Republic Independence Days 2017
2017 Conch Republic Independence Celebration Flyer

Co-sponsored by Landshark Lager, Cruzan Rums and presented by Schooner Wharf - the Official Headquarters of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration.
For more information call (305) 292-3302

Kick - Off Party and Conch Shell Blowing Contest Schooner Wharf
Conch Republic Independence Celebration Results & Photos 2016

2015 Kick - Off Party and Conch Shell Blowing Contest Photos
2014 Schooner Wharf Bar Kick-Off Party Conch Shell Blowing Contest Results
2013 Kick-Off Party Results
2012 Kick-Off Party Conch Shell Blowing Contest Results
2011 Contest and Party Results

 

 

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