KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Visitors can display their "conch" spirit during the fourth annual Key Largo Conch Republic Days, a locals' feast of frivolity and fun, happening now through Sunday, April 29.
The celebration kicks off with a raising of the flag, symbolizing both Key Largo as the Northernmost Territories of the Florida Keys and the 1982 secession of the entire Keys chain from the United States to form the Conch Republic in protest against a Border Patrol blockade. The kickoff also is to include a re-enactment of that proclamation of secession.
Day and evening festival events are to be staged at area restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues. Specials on conch dishes at participating Key Largo restaurants are to be featured throughout the event.
Other highlights include a By-Land-or-Sea Poker Run, a concha-licious progressive wine dinner, offbeat contests such as "Is Your Pet a Conch?", a High Heel-a-thon and a world record attempt at conch shell blowing.
The celebration concludes Sunday, April 29, with a ceremonial — and symbolic — "destruction" of the Jewfish Creek Bridge that leads to the South Florida mainland, along with dancing, music, food and drink specials.
Event information: keylargoconchrepublic.com
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
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