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Conch Republic Independence Celebration 2019


  • 100 Grinnell Street Key West, FL, 33040 United States (map)
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The Conch Republic is a micronation declared as a tongue-in-cheek secession of the city of Key West, Florida, from the United States on April 23, 1982. Learn more about the history of the Conch Republic on our blog, and see the schedule of events like drag races (heels, not cars), full moon party, pub crawl, and much, much more.

Event Schedule

FRIDAY, APRIL 19th

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CR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION OPENING BREAKFAST 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Join members of the High Command, Founding Fathers, VIPs and Dignitaries for a scrumptious breakfast at Two Friends Patio Restaurant. 512 Front Street, Old Town.  ORDER OFF MENU, CASH BAR.  RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED  (305) 296-3124  twofriends.com

CONCH REPUBLIC MILITARY RAISING OF THE COLORS NOON - 1 PM

Signifying the Official Opening of CRIC 2019, this light-hearted, entertaining and jovial ceremony celebrates the 37thanniversary of our island nation’s independence. Sponsored by KW Legal Rum Distillery, festivities include Raising of the Colors, CRPledge of Allegiance, Battle Hymn of the CR and Conch Shell-Horn Salute, Live music by Conchelele Boband, CW Colt. Mallory Square, Old Town - FREE.

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CRIC 2019 SWAG & CR MILITARY COMMAND CENTERS

Pick up your CRIC schedule of events and load up on Conch Republic Festival and Military Swag. Get your Conch Republic Passport, CRIC Parade & Battle Bond and sign up for Conch Crawl.

TWO FRIENDS PATIO RESTAURANT 9 - 11 AM

512 Front Street, Old Town

MALLORY SQUARE 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Old Town

SCHOONER WHARF BAR 5PM - 9 PM

Historic Seaport Harbor Walk, Old Town.

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TALL SHIP SUNSET SAIL ABOARD CR FLAGSHIP WOLF 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure CR First Sea Lord, ADM Finbar. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, Key West. 

Board 25 minutes prior to departure. BYO food and drink. 

COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. 

Ticketsand info: 305 296 9653 (WOLF) or SailAway@SchoonerWOLF.comwww.SchoonerWOLF.com

THE OFFICIAL 2019 CRIC KICK-OFF PARTY 7 PM - LATE

Dance the night away to the Last Mangoes Band, playing classic and current favorites with an "islandy" steel drum twist. Founding CR Prime Minister, Dennis Wardlow will explain how our Sovereign State of Mind got its start back in 1982. Hosted by Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, CRIC 2019 HQs, 202 William St, KW Historic Seaport Harbor Walk, Old Town. FREE  www.SchoonerWharf.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 20th

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"GET BLOODY BEFORE THE BATTLE" BEACH CLEANUP 9:30 - 11:30 AM

2ND ANNUAL GBBBBC! The Conch Republic CIA (Cuties in Action) and 82nd Auborne have partnered with Keep Key West Beautiful to eradicate cigarette butts and other debris from our shores. The joint task force officially launched “Operation: Ain’t No Butts About it” campaign on Earth Day 2018. Sponsored by Salute! On the Beach, the public is invited to join the cause and participate. “Weigh In” competition follows clean-up at Salute! On the Beach, 1000 Atlantic Ave. FREE.

CONCH REPUBLIC ART & CRAFT FAIR ON DUVAL STREET 10 AM - 5 PM

Local artists and craftsmen offer unique handmade items you’ll treasure! Sponsored by the Key West Cultural Preservation Society, funds raised from booth rentals contribute to scholarships for KWHS seniors, pursuing college degrees in Art. Duval Street (between Greene & Eaton streets.) FREE.

CRIC 2019 SWAG & CR MILITARY COMMAND CENTER 10 AM - 5 PM

Pick up your CRIC schedule of events and load up on Conch Republic Festival and Military Swag. Get your Conch Republic Passport, CRIC Parade & Battle Bond and sign up for Conch Crawl. Duval & Greene Streets, Old Town.

CONCH REPUBLIC BEACHCOMBER HAT CONTEST 11 AM - NOON

2ND ANNUAL CRBCHC! Beach cleaning is thirsty business, and the Bloody Marys Happy Hour at Salute! On the Beach is the perfect way to cool down. Get your creative juices flowing and unwind with island tunes by Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters, while recycling beach booty into a fabulous beach bonnet. Best Hat wins a $50 gift certificate to Salute! Hosted by the CR CIA ,82nd Auborneand Salute! On the Beach. 1000 Atlantic Ave. FREE.  CASH BAR.  www.SALUTEontheBeach.com

CONCH CRAWL, RUM SALUTE, BAR & DISTILLERY STROLL 11 AM - 3 PM

Kicks off at the Key West Legal Rum Distillery 105 Simonton  (check in 10 AM til 1 PM day of Crawl) stops at Tiki House, Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, Tattoos and Scars, Mary Ellen’s, General Horseplay, Southernmost Beach Resort, Willie T’s  &  801 Bourbon Bar. Sponsors: Key West Legal Rum Distillery and Revolucion Tequila. FREE Conch Crawl Tshirt and  1 drink at each stop. Limited space. $30 ADVANCE, $35 DAY OF.  RSVP @ CRIC 2019 COMMAND Center at Greene & Eaton. www.ConchRepublicDaysKeyWest.com

TALL SHIP DAY SAIL & SUNSET CRUISE ABOARD CR FLAG

2 - 4 PM DAY SAIL

6 - 8:30 PM SUNSET CRUISE

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure CR First Sea Lord, ADM Finbar. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, Key West. Board 25 minutes prior to departure. BYO food and drink. COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. 

Tickets and info: 305 296 9653 (WOLF)  www.SchoonerWOLF.com

THE GREAT CONCH REPUBLIC DRAG RACES ON DUVAL 3 - 5 PM

Witness this “Only in Key West’ event! Sanctioned by the CR NHRA (or Natural Hot Rod Association), the 700 & 800 blocks of Duval heat up as the hottest drag queens in the and go heel to heel for a series of races and obstacle courses that benefit Michael’s Foundation. Races run between Petronia and Angela streets. Hosted by Bourbon St. Pub.  Anyone in ladieswear and heels can enter.

Sponsored by Florida Keys Media, US1 Radio 104.1FM and Revolucion Tequila. FREE ENTRY ***Signup at event only.***

420 FEST 4:20 PM - ???

Sponsored by The Green Room and The Tree House, everyone is invited to come celebrate 420, on 4/20 at 4:20! The Green Room and Tree House, 505 Greene St., Old Town. COST: $24.20. TheGreenRoomKeyWest.com

ROYAL FAMILY ELECTION & INVESTITURE PARTY 6 PM - 9 PM

Add a description about this itemVotes are $1 (vote early…vote often!) and 100% of proceeds benefits the CR Foster Childrens’ Fund for Wesley House. Hosted by Southernmost House Hotel, 1400 Duval St. Sponsored by Revolucion Tequila. FREE. CASH BAR. www.WesleyHouse.org to sign up or donate.

420 AFTER BURNER PARTY 8 PM - 11 PM

Sponsored by Tattoos and Scars, drink specials include CBD infused cocktails. Enjoy movies including Cheech and Chong and other 420 themed movies and music. Tattoos and Scars Saloon, 512 Greene St., Old Town. http://TattoosAndScarsSaloon.com. FREE. CASH BAR.

CONCH REPUBLIC RUNWAY COMPETITION 8 PM

Strut, Prance, Twirl and Vogue your way down the runway to some fabulous prizes. Or cheer on your favorite contestant! Queen Mother XXXV Jessica Deveraux, in addition to DJ Kyd and Mangos,present “The Conch Republic Runway Competition.” A LGBTQ event for EVERYONE in the spirit of

One Human Family and the amazing diversity of our island home. For more info, or to secure yourspot on the runway, email ConchRepublicRunway@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21st

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TALL SHIP SUNSET SAIL ABOARD CR FLAGSHIP WOLF

2 - 4 PM DAY SAIL

6 - 8:30 PM SUNSET CRUISE

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure CR First Sea Lord, ADM Finbar. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, Key West. Board 25 minutes prior to departure. BYO food and drink. COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. 

Tickets and info: 305 296 9653 (WOLF) or www.SchoonerWOLF.com

MUSIC PARTY AT SMOKIN TUNA SALOON 8 PM - 11 PM

Enjoy live entertainment featuring local artists, great food and cocktails. 4 Charles St., Old Town. SmokinTuna.com

MONDAY, APRIL 22nd

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HANK'S HAIR OF THE DOG - 409 CAROLINE 2 PM - 6 PM

CRIC 2019 SWAG & CR MILITARY COMMAND CENTER

Pick up your CRIC schedule of events and load up on Conch Republic Festival and Military Swag. Get your Conch Republic Passport, CRIC Parade & Battle Bond and sign up for Conch Crawl at Hank’s Hair of the Dog, 409 Caroline St., Old Town.

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BARKS & BREWS 2 - 6 PM

Bring your furababies and enjoy cocktails and tomfoolery! Toast the independence of the Conch Republic and Earth Day and raise money for the Florida Keys SPCA. Pet costume contest will give awards for the Cutest, Ugliest, Youngest, Oldest, and Best Superhero Dogs. Hank’s Hair of the Dog,

409 Caroline St., Old Town. SUGGESTED DONATION: $5. CASH BAR.

RUM RUNNING DAY & SUNSET SAILS ON CR FLAGSHIP WOLF

2 - 4 PM DAY SAIL

6 - 8:30 PM SUNSET SAIL

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure CR First Sea Lord, ADM Finbar. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, Key West. Board 25 minutes prior to departure. BYO food and drink. COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. Tickets

and info: 305 296 9653 (WOLF) or  www.SchoonerWOLF.com

TUESDAY, APRIL 23rd

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CR INDEPENDENCE DAY CEREMONY & FLAG RAISING 5 PM - 6 PM

The 23rd of APRIL, the Conch Republic’s own 4th of July, Bastille Day & Cinco de Mayo all rolled into one is celebrated with a CR Flag Raising, Conch Republic Pledge of Allegiance, Battle Hymn of the Conch Republic, Conch Shell-Horn Salute, Proclamations (by founding Prime Minister Dennis Wardlow and Prime Minister, Key West Mayor Teri Johnston). Live music by Conchalele Bob and CW Colt at Old Town KWFD Firehouse, Simonton & Angela. Sponsored by KW Legal Rum Distillery. FREE.

CONCH REPUBLIC HASH HOUSE HARRIERS FUN WALK / RUN 6 PM - 8 PM

The Conch Republic Hash House Harriers invites one and all to don their pirate tutus for this FUN WALK/RUN (also known as Exercise for Beer!)  Onsite registration begins at 5:30pm at the Key West Firehouse in Old Town KW Flagpole Plaza, corner of Simonton and Angela streets. COST: $10 (FREE for 1st timers!) 

For more info, please contact: Deliveries@SailShare.com

CONCH REPUBLIC MILITARY MUSTER 6 PM - 8 PM

The Conch Republic Military Needs You! It’s your chance to join ADM Finbar, First Sealord and all the Conch Republic Military Brass to honor our Republic’s Military Forces as they prepare for battle in commemoration of the 37th Anniversary of the Secession. Sign up to serve the Republic, purchase official gear, sip some Truth Serum, and bend elbows with Ambassadors and Dignitaries of the Republic.

The CIA-Sshhh! & 82nd Auborne will be aiding and abetting on behalf of the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund by serving C-Rations to benefit the cause. Mess Hall. Buffet. Entertainment. 50/50 Raffle. Sponsored by The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. 

GEN ADM: $15. Military in Uniform: $10. Diplomatic Immunity: $50 (includes early entry, Diplomatic sash, reserved seating & other Consular perks.) CASH BAR.

“GREAT SEA BATTLE" RE-ENACTMENT CAPTAINS’ MEETING 9 - 10 PM

This is a MANDATORY captains’ meeting for the annual re-enactment of the Conch Republic’s Great Sea Battle in Key West Harbor. If you want your vessel to participate in the battle, you MUST attend.

No exceptions. Vessels not registered will not be allowed to participate. Special flags issued to participating vessels are required to be flown during battle. Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, CRIC 2019 HQs, 202 William St., Historic Seaport Harbor Walk. MANDATORY for Great Battle participants.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th

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TALL SHIP RUM RUNNING DAY SAIL ON CR FLAGSHIP WOLF 2 PM - 4 PM

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure CR First Sea Lord, ADM Finbar. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, Key West. Board 25 minutes prior to departure. BYO food and drink. COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. Tickets and info: 

305 296 9653 (WOLF) or www.SchoonerWOLF.com

HOT HAVANA NIGHT PARTY OF THE YEAR! HOT! HOT! HOT! 7 PM - 11 PM

Cuba and the Conch Republic join forces on the dance floor. Dance the night away to Music by Miami’s “Mojito Hot Salsa Band”. Savor a waterfront sunset dinner & Rum tasting. Compete for Cuban treasures at the silent auction! Win a weekend in Havana for two! Sponsored by Pilar Rum and Turtle Kraals, proceeds benefit TREE Institute International non- profit organization. 

Turtle Kraals Bar & Restaurant, 231 Margaret St, Historic Seaport Harbor Walk.

COST: ADVANCE Tickets: KeysTix.com. Dinner, dance and rum tasting: $50.00. Dance Party only $25.00. 

TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Dinner, dance and rum tasting: $60.00. Dance party only: $30.00  www.TreeInstitute.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th

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TALL SHIP SAIL ABOARD CR FLAGSHIP WOLF 2 PM - 4 PM

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure. WOLF docked at Safe Harbour Marina, 6810 Front St, Stock Island. BYO food and drink. COST: $65 Adults and $30 Kids under 12. Tickets: 305 296 9653 or SailAway@SchoonerWOLF.comwww.SchoonerWOLF.com

CRIC 2019 SWAG & CR MILITARY COMMAND CENTER 5 PM - 7:30 PM

Sign up to join the parade, pick up your CRIC schedule of events and load up on Conch Republic Festival and Military Swag. Get your Conch Republic Passport, CRIC Parade & Battle Bond and sign up for Conch Crawl. Duval and South streets, Old Town. 

"WORLD'S LONGEST PARADE" PRE-PARTY 6 - 7:30 PM

The “World’s Longest Parade” festivities kick-off at the Southernmost House Hotel, with a Raising of the Colors Flag Ceremony, Conch Shell-Horn Salute, Entertainment by Conchalele Bob and CW Colt, CR Hash House Harriers, and celebratory libations with a spectacular ocean view. Sponsored by

Revolucion Tequila, Southernmost House, 1400 Duval St., FREE. CASH BAR.

THE DUVAL STREET MILE 7 PM

Sprint the length of paradise by running the length of the most famous street in Key West - Duval Street! Presented by  Local Awards & Engraving. Registration at Southernmost House, 1400 Duval Street, starting at 5 PM. 

$25 adult / $18 HS student (14-18) / $12 for 13 & Under. 

For more info, please email DuvalStreetMile@aol.com

THE CONCH REPUBLIC "WORLD'S LONGEST PARADE" 8 PM

Presented by US1 Radio, this world-famous parade celebrates Conch Republic Independence and runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico! Route travels down Duval Street from United Street, turns right onto Greene Street, then continues along Lazy Way Lane to finish at Schooner Wharf. As with all CRIC events, costumes are enthusiastically encouraged! FREE

Duval closes between United and South Streets at 5 pm for pre-party mustering. Participants line up at 7:30, and the parade rolls at 8!

"WORLD'S LONGEST PARADE" AFTER PARTY 9 PM - LATE

& AWARDS CEREMONY

  

Don your pirate gear or favorite Schooner Wharf shirt and meet us on the corner of South and Duval at 7:45 to join our float! After the parade, we'll hand out Parade prizes given to Best "Conch-cept", Most Original, and Most Creative parade entries, and party with The Last Mangoes Band. A great opportunity to come get your "Caribbean On" --- dance to reggae, ska, soca, and calypso with us! Live music 'til midnight. Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. FREE www.SchoonerWharf.com

FRIDAY, APRIL 26th

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“GREAT BLOODY SEA BATTLE” NON-COMBAT SHORE PARTY 6 PM

Witness the spectacle of our island nation's most famous sea battle, reenacted each year to commemorate the secession and founding of the Conch Republic. This large-scale, hilarious harbor battle pits the Conch Republic's Air Force & Navy alongside private vessels of all shapes and sizes against none other than the United States Coast Guard. 

For non-combatants (landlubbers), there's great viewing all along Key West Harbor, from Margaritaville Resort to Mallory Square. Costumes encouraged! FREE

CR NAVAL BOAT PARADE & “GREAT BLOODY SEA BATTLE" 7 PM

Cheer on First Sea Lord Admiral Finbar and his High Command aboard the Conch Republic Navy's Flagship Schooner WOLF, the CR Air Force, and even civilians in a southernmost state of mind, as they do breathtaking "battle" against the 'evil border patrol' (portrayed by the U.S. Coast Guard) in this zany, sometimes soggy, but always hilarious re-enactment - a beloved Conch Republic tradition. Minister of Munitions: Robin Smith-Martin of OurKeyWest.com. In Key West Harbor, at Mallory Square. FREE

SEA BATTLE SURRENDER CEREMONY & VICTORY PARTY 9 PM

The post-Great Bloody Sea Battle festivities kick off at 7 pm at Schooner Wharf, The Official Headquarters of Conch Republic Independence. A tongue-in-cheek Surrender Ceremony of the United States Coast Guard to the Conch Republic Armed Forces - "A farce to be reckoned with" - takes place at 9 pm. The popular and engaging Jeff Clark Band will provide live music until midnight. Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, 202 William Street, on the KW Historic Seaport. FREE www.SchoonerWharf.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th

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CONCH CRAWL, RUM SALUTE, BAR & DISTILLERY STROLL 11 AM - 3 PM

Kicks off at the Key West Legal Rum Distillery, with stops at The Green Room, Tiki House, Smokin' Tuna Saloon, TBD Bar, Mary Ellen's, Bourbon Street Pub, and 801 Bourbon Bar. Sponsored by Key West Legal Rum Distillery, 105 Simonton Street. RSVP to info@conchrepublicdayskeywest.com or visit our merch booth at most CRIC events to reserve your spot! Check-in is 10 AM until 1 PM on the day of the crawl, in the Distillery's tasting room. Limited space available. $30 includes Conch Crawl Tee-shirt.

FRESHWATER CONCH GALA & CELEBRATION 3 - 6 PM

If you've lived in Key West for seven years, why not make it official? Become a true Freshwater Conch! If your canine companion been here a year, then in dog years, they're eligible too! Get a certificate proclaiming your Conch status to the world for just $19, & $10 for pets. Includes a celebratory glass of bubbly, and the opportunity to share why you came to paradise. Proceeds benefit the KWHS Band's Uniform Fund. Hosted by Bucky Montgomery at Aqua. 711 Duval St. FREE

TALL SHIP SUNSET SAIL ABOARD CR FLAGSHIP WOLF 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Take a step back in time and relive the glorious age of sail and seafaring adventure with Conch Republic Supreme Commander & First Sea Lord Admiral Finbar Gittleman! The flagship of the Conch Republic Navy, Schooner WOLF departs from KW Historic Seaport (E Dock). 201 William Street. Board 20 minutes prior to departure. BYOB. Book today!  $50 Adults, $25 Kids under 12. Tickets and info: SailAway@schoonerWOLF.com or call (305) 296-9694.

PIRATES’ BALL & COSTUME CONTEST 7 PM

Witness the swashbuckling sword play  and sea shanties of Key West's own Conch Republic Privateers. Compete in our Piratical Costume Competition - Prizes for Best Buccaneer, Best Wench, Best Bustier, and Cut Throat Surprise. The Happy Dog Band jams to live Woodstock-style music like Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, from 7 pm 'til midnight. Enjoy an evening of unscripted & entertaining audience participation! Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. FREE www.SchoonerWharf.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 28th

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NEW! CR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION REGATTA Capt. Mtg 9 - 10 AM

Join CR Secretary of State Capt. Jim Gilleran to learn the pertinent details for the First Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration Regatta to Cuba. Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. FREE www.AmigaTravel.com

Mandatory for All Regatta Participants.

CONCH REPUBLIC INDEPENDENCE DAYS WRAP BRUNCH 10 - 11:30 AM

Join members of the High Command, Founding Fathers, VIPs and Dignitaries for a breathtaking waterfront view and a plate of tasty galley fare at Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. $15, or order from menu. For reservations, call (305) 292-3302. www.SchoonerWharf.com

CHICKEN & WAFFLES BRUNCH / FATS NAVARRO TRIBUTE 1 - 5 PM

The 12th annual Chicken & Waffles Jazz Brunch and Fats Navarro Tribute kicks off at 1 PM with The Green Parrot Jazz Allstars, with special guest, Key West's King of Soul, Robert Albury. GP's annual tribute to seminal bebop jazz trumpeter and Key West native, Theodore "Fats" Navarro, follows at 3 PM. Dizzy Gillespie called him "the best all-around trumpeter of them all." All brunch proceeds benefit the Bahama Village Music Program. Hosted by the Green Parrot. 601 Whitehead. www.GreenParrot.com

WRECKERS' RACE SAIL TO SAND KEY LIGHTHOUSE 1 PM

Last Wreckers Race of the season! A one-way, all-in-fun sail boat drag race to Sand Key, re-enacting the tradition of Key West Wreckers of the 1800's. Video of the race and prizes awarded in 6 classes at ceremony/party that evening, 7 pm. Visiting yachtsman and local captains are welcome to join the regatta. Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, 202 William St. For more information, please visit www.SchoonerWharf.com or call 305-292-3302.

Mandatory Captains' Meeting is at 7 pm on Saturday, April 28th. 

FULL MOON PARTY 8 PM

At SALUTÉ! on the Beach. 1000 Atlantic Blvd. FREE ENTRY. CASH BAR

MONDAY, APRIL 29th - SATURDAY, MAY 4th

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CR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION REGATTA TO CUBA

The First Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration Regatta to Cuba will consist of private vessels making their way through the Florida Straits to Havana, Cuba. While there, participants will engage directly with the Cuban People and learn about the vibrant history of this unique island nation. Presented by Amiga Travel. For registration info, contact Capt. Jim Gilleran (305) 304-2400, or visit www.AmigaTravel.com. Amiga Travel is an OFAC-Compliant, Florida Licensed Seller of Travel.

Visit the event website for more information.

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