on August 18, 2006
Mallory SquareKey West is ALL about the daily sunset festival. The focal spot of this is Mallory Square. The area on the northwest corner of the island is the location of Mallory Square. Starting about 2 hours prior to sunset the local street venders and performers start their set up. The food venders are primarily aimed at those food items which can be held in one hand while a drink is in the other. There are jewelry and art stands which have lots of choices of interesting items. One particularly interesting item for us was the individual who was selling art bottles which were essentially flattened bottles with the labels in tact—they were very interesting.The highlight is the street performers. There are magicians and jugglers and the locally famous ‘cat man’. All of the street performers are again competing for your tourist dollars in tips so the acts are very carnival like in attempting to get the tourists to their tip buckets. The acts are very good and the whole feel of the area is very celebratory. Primarily alcohol is the common factor for the adults...but there are children around and prior to the sunset the crowd usually isn’t tanked—so it is family up until sunset. Shortly after sunset the kids should probably be taken back to the hotel for a good nights sleep in preparation for the next day of great activities (and to avoid the expose to a potentially rowdy drinking crowd).
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