Female Fins Come Ashore For A Series Of Fun Events
Yes, there’s a mermaid festival in Key West.
It is the creation of madam mermaid of Kristiann Mills, owner of The Captain Mermaid’s Boutique on Front St. She started it because she loves mermaids and because she’s a smart businesswoman knowing it would bring attention to her shop.
This is just its third year – last year was canceled due to COVID-19 – and it involves a series of events, including a mermaids parade down Duval Street. The dates are July 1-5.
Other events include a mermaid meet-and-greet and a “Salty Saturday” gathering at the Truman Waterfront with mermaids, music, entertainment and mermaid vendors from Noon-6 p.m.
Most events are open to the pubic and free to attend.
“It is a festival of fun, bringing together a school of mermaid enthusiasts, oceanwide,” states the event’s website. “But, dive a little deeper and you’ll sea that the real treasure of this event is in creating an awareness for two topics that are extremely important to, and close to the hearts of, the mermaid community everywhere–ocean conservation and swimming safely with mermaid tails.”
Mills, “along with her crew and pod, invite you to step back in time to an island called Cayo Hueso (Bone Cay), where the Gulf meets the Atlantic, and the captains, seafarers, and fishermen would tell their stories of the sweet Mermaid songs,” the website adds.
Mermaids who wish to participate can register on the event’s website.
The event also has a Neptune, who later that month will be competing in the Ernest Heminway look-alike contest as part of Key West’s Hemingway Days.
Event Website: keywestmermaidfestival.com