Parrot Heads partying for a purpose

Published 2:19 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Magic City Parrot Club is hosting a Parrot Head Party to benefit UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Contributed)

The Magic City Parrot Club is hosting a Parrot Head Party to benefit UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Contributed)

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer

PELHAM—Magic City Parrot Head Club members, clad in crazy hats, funny sunglasses, temporary tattoos, wild tropical attire and silly flip-flops, are flocking to Pelham’s Margarita Grill April 19 in celebration of Jimmy Buffett’s nearby concert that night.

From 1-5 p.m. the oldest official Buffett fan club in the Birmingham area will be hosting the party/fundraiser, which will benefit the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We want to give back to the community,” said club president Kay Moore. “Even though the Buffett fans are known as party people, we have another image we want to personify as giving back to the community.”

The organization will host a silent auction at the event, featuring about 50 items. Moore said they go out and collect items, such as Land Shark, Lucy Buffett or Margaritaville merchandise, and create baskets for attendees to bid on.

The silent auction will close at 4 p.m., and Moore said 100 percent of the funds raised will be donated to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Some of the other activities include teacup and 50/50 raffles. The teacup raffle allows guests to purchase raffle tickets to enter into drawings for specific items. There will be about 20 to 25 items in this raffle, according to Moore.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle will split the cash pool with the Magic City Parrot Head Club. Moore said they use the money to support other community projects in the area, such as Toys for Tots.

Margarita Grill will be providing food and drink specials, such as “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” and specials on margaritas. Chip McCain, who has played periodically for the club during its 15-year history, will also be playing classic Buffett tunes.

Moore said attendees should come dressed in their “best tropical attire,” listing items such as Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and leis.

“We are the people who love Jimmy Buffett’s music, his novels, his movies and TV appearances,” Moore said of the group. “We love the lifestyle he personifies and enjoy living on island time.”

The Magic City Parrot Head Club meets every fourth Sunday at 4 p.m. at Margarita Grill in Pelham. Moore said the club participates in quarterly projects Toys for Tots, food drives, sending packages to soldiers overseas and raising thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama.

While the party/fundraiser is exciting, Moore said they are looking forward to seeing Buffett perform at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. the night of April 19.

“Of course we are excited to see him,” Moore said. “I can’t wait. I am just thrilled.”

For more information about Magic City Parrot Head Club, visit For more information about the national Parrot Head club, Parrot Heads in Paradise, visit