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 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,