HISTORY: The term "Parrot Head" coined here in 1985

Published: Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Tuesday night, Parrot Heads from around the region converged on Riverbend to see Jimmy Buffett play live.

But did you know the term "Parrot Head" was born in this area?

On June 28, 1985, Mr. Buffett was playing a show at the Timberwolf Amphitheater at Kings Island.

Local legend states that year the big giveaway item at the park's carnival booths were giant inflatable parrots. Since this happened before the internet was born in Al Gore's basement, there aren't any photos but we are just going to trust the people who say they were there.

The crowd, wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying parrots was a sea of color to then Coral Reefer Band member Timothy Schmit.

Parrot Heads across the web say that Schmit looked at the crowd and coined them Parrot Heads, a play off of the Grateful Dead's fan base, called the Deadheads.

The name stuck and now there are more than 200 registered clubs honoring the term, and the Buffett lifestyle, worldwide.

Fun fact: Schmit left the Coral Reefer Band to rejoin the Eagles. I guess he just has a thing for birds.

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