Key West has been a drinking town with a tourist problem long before we celebrated Ernest Hemingway’s birthday here. This year marked the 115th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth and the 34th annual Look-Alike contest. Nothing is more fascinating than seeing over a hundred grown men in Running of the Bulls gear hanging out at Sloppy Joe’s on a hot and steamy Saturday afternoon. You might think you had a few too many cocktails a la Hemingway and are seeing double, triple, etc. then you get it. It’s another wonderfully weird and unique Key West celebration.
The celebration started Wednesday evening at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. The candidates gathered, sized each other up and were greeted by the Honorary Mayor Gonzo Mays.
The week finishes up with a running or rather walking of the Bulls. The bulls lead the parade with a Papa as a rider around the block and back to Sloppy Joe’s on Duval. It is quite a sight to see. Complete with rum and plenty of Hemingway swagger.
Even the locals get festive and dress up, but these two, Gina Maserrati & Porsche are always festive:
And who won, you ask? Why Wally Collins a restaurateur from Arizona won. It was his 6th attempt. He’s shown here posing with his son, a young Ernest contestant. Congrats & Cheers Wally!
If you are interested in more pictures from the events or would like to purchase a digital file or print check out Michele Marie Photography.
Cheers & Stay Weird,