Whether you come for the people watching, the beach fun or the fish flinging, just be sure to come to the Interstate Mullet Toss.
Slated for the last FULL weekend in April and held for the last 30+ years, this “bucket list” event draws tens of thousands of people to the beaches in front of the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar, located on the Alabama/Florida state line. This event is kinda crazy to watch, but, hey, it’s legendary!
While only a few hundred people typically get in on the fish tossing action, which is pretty impressive to see and do, there are some cool tips and awesome info that will help you make the most of the Mullet Toss.
- Late April is a great time to hit the beach. That’s because Spring Breakers are usually back in school, creating a bit of a pre-summer lull. You can easily be a part of the crowd at the Flora-Bama, or hang out in and around your beach condo or house for a bit of down time.
- If you want the full Mullet Toss experience, you’re going to need to toss a fish. Registration only costs a few dollars and includes a souvenir T-shirt. If you’re one of the leaders from your classification, you’ll be invited back on Sunday to compete in the finals. Winners get dinner for two, trophies and plenty of “attaboys!” It’s really about the bragging rights, you know.
- Veteran throwers have lots of ideas about how to get the most distance from your fish. Some suggest the “fold,” where you bend the fish in half and hurl it overhanded. Others swear by the football method, while still others think a discus-style throw is the winning technique (the people watching might not like it if your fish hits them in the head, though). Regardless of your approach, etiquette requires you to fetch your fish down the beach and return it to the bucket.
- Traffic can get pretty tight near the Flora-Bama during this particular weekend, as the beach road in front of the Bama is only one in and out. You can find parking for a small fee in nearby lots monitored by local charities. Or, if you don’t want to drive, the Flora-Bama runs shuttle buses from the Publix parking lot in Orange Beach and the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Perdido Key. Taxicabs are always an option and are on standby throughout this event.
- Kids are welcomed at the Interstate Mullet Toss. In fact, the kids’ toss event is held on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.
- The music will still be jamming at the Flora-Bama long after the mullet toss festivities have officially ended for the day, so plan to stick around for more fun after hours.
One of the most enjoyable and relaxing parts of attending the Interstate Mullet Toss is the ability to experience your own beach condo or house. How about a beach house in Orange Beach? Or, maybe something in Perdido Key? The drive to the Flora-Bama is easy, and you’ll have access to a diverse selection of restaurants and shops to explore during your free time.