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The Fiesta Of Five Flags

Pensacola’s Fiesta of Five Flags has started [the real reason for the faux pirate thing in my area]. The first attempt by the Spanish to settle in the area that has become the US was interrupted by a hurricane, which is why St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city [founded by Europeans] in the US.

They still use the wrong flags, but they have gotten better. I did notice that they use the wrong British flag at their Fiesta site, but the correct one on the city’s flag poles. At least Earl Bowden got them to use the proper flag for the Confederate year.

It’s all about celebrating local heritage [selling stuff] and that we are more than the “Redneck Riviera” [but we’ll sell you a T-shirt that says that].

May 31, 2011   Comments Off on The Fiesta Of Five Flags

Billy Bowlegs Festival

Jolly Rogers

In order to generate “local excitement” [sell stuff] the chamber of commerce is once again annoying people with the Billy Bowlegs Festival. This year the unavoidable part runs from Friday, June 3rd and finishes up on Monday with a really annoying parade that screws up traffic and sends a lot of noisy people through my neighborhood.

Almost at bad as the Monday traffic jam are the Friday fireworks. I know a lot of people enjoy fireworks, but they probably have not seen what loud noises and flashes of light can do to people and aircraft – I am definitely not a fan.

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May 31, 2011   Comments Off on Billy Bowlegs Festival