Parrotheads flock to Tri-State for Buffett concert

By Corey McConnell - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Jimmy Buffett is calling this year's tour "Year of Still Here," but "here" for Parrotheads can be anywhere.

And the flock for more than the music.

They come by bus, by boat and by land shark, fully equipped with mobile margarita makers, and even bring their own shakers and salt.

For Parrotheads from around the country, this is as much a part of a Buffett concert as the concert itself...

"You get people from 6 to 60, everybody gets along and has a good time, what we're here for," said Ken Homan, a Parrothead from Pennsylvania.

They've spent weeks working on elaborate set ups and making the final touches.

It's Margaritaville in a parking lot with coconut bras, pirates, lei's, all only feet from the shore of the Ohio.

"It's just a lot of fun lot of good times everybody gets along just a big party," said Josh Schwegman, a Parrothead from Indiana.

So much of a big party in fact, that this year, two Parrotheads got married amongst the tailgaters.

"Where else it's gotta be fun upbeat and non traditional would you have a wedding?" said the bride, Teri Moore.

The newlyweds say the wedding is the highlight of the day, but the concert will be the icing on the flip flop and umbrella shaped cakes.

"There's a lot of people here that have become family over the years," said Moore.

And so, with their fins to the left, the newlyweds, and hundreds of their closest fellow Parrotheads had everything they needed for Buffett's 41st straight Cincinnati sell out concert.