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Throw a Good Time at the Interstate Mullet Toss

April 23 - 25, 2021

Throw a dead fish over the state line.

It’s a weird tradition, yes, but one the folks who reside near the stretch of shoreline where Florida cozies up to Alabama embrace with pride.

The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party takes over the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar in Perdido Key each spring. It has grown into one of the biggest beach parties in the South, packed with family fun, great food, and live music throughout the weekend-long celebration on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

It's simple. All you have to do to join in on the fun is throw a dead mullet from a 10-foot circle in Florida across the state line into Alabama. Go for distance, don’t throw out of bounds, watch your step, and you may make it into the finals! A mullet, for non-Gulf-Coasters, is more than a vintage 80’s hairdo; it is also the name of one of the more popular and plentiful fish indigenous to this area. Mullet are the only fish with a gizzard, and they are said to possess mystical properties. While folks on the East Coast use mullet as baitfish, here on the Gulf Coast it is a local delicacy and southern tradition, fried to perfection and served with hush puppies, cole slaw, and a glass of sweet tea. But, for one weekend a year, it’s nothing but a finned Frisbee. Fly free, little mullet! Each year the Flora-Bama event raises more than $20,000 for local charities, focusing on gifts to youth organizations.

What are the Mullet Toss rules?

  • You will be tossing one whole mullet (approximately 1 lb.) across the Florida/Alabama state line.
  • NO gloves or sand on mullet are allowed.
  • Mullet will be picked out of the water bucket. After you throw, retrieve your mullet and toss it back into the bucket. THANK YOU!
  • Mullet will be thrown from a 10' circle down a designated alley.
  • No stepping out of the circle during your throw and follow through or you will be disqualified.
  • Throwing your mullet out of bounds is an automatic disqualification.
  • DON'T MISS! Only one chance is given to qualify for finals.
  • Six finalists in both the men's and women's divisions each day.