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Make A Weekend Out Of Mullet Tossin’

You know it’s going to be a party at the Flora-Bama. Since 1964 the Flora-Bama has brought good times and good music to the Gulf Coast. Find a calendar full of Flora-Bama’s favorite events happening year-round on their website. This weekend is dedicated to mullet tossing.

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Yep, it is what it sounds like. Men and women are slingin’ mullet from one state to the next. People gather from all over the place, booking condos months in advance to secure their spot on the sand for this exciting endeavor.

You can find all the information needed below to prepare yourself for a weekend you won’t forget.

link https://www.florabama.com/annual-events

What is a mullet? 

Popularly known as a business in the front party in the back haircut in the 80’s, we are referring to the abundant saltwater fish that populate the Gulf Coast waters.

A mullet is one of the more popular and plentiful fish indigenous to the Gulf Coast area. It is the only fish with a gizzard and is said to possess mystical properties. Known as baitfish on the East Coast and a local fried favorite here.

What is the Mullet Toss all about? 

The Mullet Toss consists of individuals on the beach throwing a mullet, from a 10-foot circle in Florida across the state line into Alabama. Not to mention a great excuse to throw a weekend-long party, with lots of fun activities, and great music all while helping raise money for our local community!

Why toss a mullet?

Proceeds from every mullet tossed will go to Local Youth Charities, including local schools’ education and prevention programs from the Community Drug & Alcohol Council, Inc. (CDAC) which offers programs, community support, and collaboration to address drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco, mental health issues and violence both in the home and on our streets.

Each year, with your help, we have raised and contributed over $40,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations on both sides of the state line.

Event Details:

Always on the last full weekend in April! 

Friday – Sunday

Kids (10am-Noon

Kids Awards (2 pm)

Adults (Noon – 4 pm)

Owners & Celebrity Toss (4 pm daily)

Adult Awards (4:30 pm daily)

Things to know:

  • Cover charge to Flora-Bama begins at 9 am Fri-Sun, $10/day for 21 and up & $15 for 16-20-year-olds, 15 & under are free, all ages until 6 pm, then 21 and up.
  • Membership cards are good for entry to Flora-Bama for Mullet Toss.
  • It is $20 to toss a mullet and all tossers receive a t-shirt. Proceeds go to local charities.
  • Awards
    We have awards for ALL age groups, male and female!
  • How much does it cost to toss the mullet?
    $20.00 to throw the mullet and you will receive a commemorative Interstate Mullet Toss t-shirt. (Please Note: For 2X & 3X sized shirts the cost is $25.
    All funds raised from tossing mullets will go toward helping our local surrounding communities with drug & alcohol addictions.
  • Are the mullet alive? No.
  • What happens to the mullet after the event?
    We offer them to Alligator Alley or the Gulf Coast Zoo for our Alligator friends!
  • How many people usually come to the Mullet Toss?
    A couple of our closest friends over the course of the 3-day weekend. You can see from the pictures.
  • What are the rules?
    You will be tossing one mullet across the FL/AL state line.
    You must submit a registration form at the beach. Registration can be found on the east side of the Toss Ring. When registering, if you do not mark your category you will not be eligible for the finals.
  • NO gloves or sand on mullet allowed.
  • Mullet will be picked out of the water bucket. After you throw, you will retrieve your mullet and toss it back into the bucket.
  • Mullet will be thrown from a 10′ circle down a course that is 200 feet long. No stepping out of the circle during your throw and you must follow through or you will be disqualified.
  • Throwing your mullet out of bounds is an automatic disqualification.
  • Parking & Transportation
    Parking will be extremely limited. Please respect our neighbors and do not park in private condo residences or on the side of the road.
  • Uber, Lyft, or many local cab companies will be running to get you to the Flora-Bama! We highly suggest using rideshare options!

Watch the video from last year’s toss here! 

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Makenna Curtis is a Pensacola local with a BIG heart for her hometown. Motherhood, storytelling, helping others, and celebrating the small things in life are just a few of her favorite things. Makenna graduated the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and Advertising in 2017. Her passion for living life to the fullest and connecting with others makes having a conversation or reading her work easy!