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 We are proud members of the local Parrothead Club in Louisville. For the last 14 years it has been both a pleasure and an honor to be associated with the

Derby Parrothead Club

 Who We Are

The Derby Parrot Heads are a group of fun-lovin individuals who meet regularly to celebrate life. We enjoy the tropics, the sun, and the music of the tropics. And just because we’re parrot heads doesn’t mean we’re just a Jimmy Buffett fan club. In fact, there are a couple of us that couldn’t even sing some of Jimmy’s songs.(And a lot of us who just plain can’t sing!)

Stop by the club site www.derbyparrotheadclub.com and you will notice that we volunteer our time and money in many different areas of the community. While we like to have fun, we also want to help others live a little better as well.

As for our members, we range from college students just discovering that Caribbean soul to the professional type who are just trying to blow off a little steam.

We meet every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the King Fish at 3021 River Road.

To make us official, we are sanctioned by the national Parrot Heads In Paradise. We’re also a listed as a non-profit social organization by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


And as the years have passed, all of our members have become close friends, and in some cases spouses. Each one of us has at least one, really good friend that we probably wouldn’t have met had it not been for the club. Indeed, over half of the members now vacation with people that they met through the club, whether it be a quick trip to Put in Bay or a week-long getaway to the French West Indies.

Our works

Boasting that ‘we’re not just a beer-drinking club’, the Derby Parrot Heads have helped out or sponsored a multitude of charities and social events over the years. These include:

•Sponsoring ‘Margarito’, an injured manatee being treated by the Manatee Association
•Relay for Life
•Habitat for Humanity
•The Center for Women and Children
•The Montserrat Children’s School
•Kosair Children’s Hospital
•The Louisville Zoo
•Kentucky Adopt a Highway
•Reef Relief

along with various missions, non-profits and schools in the area.

If you get a chance,stop by and have a drink with us!



The term "Parrothead" began at a Jimmy Buffett concert at the Timberwolf Amphitheater outside Cincinnati, Ohio. At the show, Jimmy commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and how they kept coming back to see his shows, just like Deadheads. Then Timothy B. Schmit, a former member of the Coral Reefer Band, now a member of The Eagles, coined the term "Parrothead" to describe each of those fans.


The common stereotype is of a person wearing a Hawaiian shirt, flip flops and board shorts, or a grass skirt and a coconut bra while drinking a margarita. Many fans are members of Parrothead clubs. The general theme of being a Parrothead is one of relaxation, even while working. Some prefer the spelling "Parrotthead," reflecting the double "t" in Buffett.

The more "professional" aspect is to wear high end tropical vacation clothing, such as tommy Bahama, though this is likely seen by many as a departure from the "true tenets" of being a Parrothead as it references a more expensive lifestyle than is commonly associated with being a tropical beach bum.


Parrot Head Clubs "party with a purpose," and hold fund raiser event for many different causes. Events range from single act concerts or happy hours to the annual Meeting of the minds in Key West Florida, which attracts approximately 3,500 Parrotheads each year. The several day event, sponsored by the Parrot Heads in Paradise includes live music, but also a Toys for Tots drive, a blood drive, raffles and other events to raise money for charities. Some regional groups will focus on one or two key charities, while others may switch between several. Environmental causes, cancer research, Alzheimer's research and the March of Dimes all have received large donations from Parrothead organizations. In 2005, 2.2 million dollars were raised by these organizations, along with toys, blood, canned goods and many hours of manpower to support various charities in the US and beyond. Some famous parrottheads include Amanda Lipperton, Helen Nuaski, Charles Paranetti among others.

– 2010 Schedule –
"Under the Big Top Tour"  


Date City Venue
Sun., Jan. 23 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
Mon., Jan. 24 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
Wed., Jan. 26 Sydney, Australia Hordern Pavilion
Sat., Jan. 29 Auckland, New Zealand Viaduct Harbour
Sat., Apr. 16 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-ASK-GARY      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Amphitheatre
Tue., Apr. 19 Raleigh, NC TWC Music Pavilion
Thu., Apr. 21 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat., Apr. 23 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Thu., Apr. 28 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Naval Air Station
Sat., Apr. 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Tue., May 3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu., May 5 Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion
Sat., May 7 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz Fest
Sat., May 21 Frisco, TX Pizza Hut Park
Tue., May 24 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater
Thu., May 26 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
Sat., May 28 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sat., Jun 18 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Tue., Jun 21 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Thu., Jun 23 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat., Jun 25 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sat., Jul 16 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Tue., Jul 19 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu., Jul 21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat., Jul 23 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
Fri., Aug 19 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
Tue., Aug 23 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu., Aug 25 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat., Aug 27 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Mon., Sep. 26 Paris, France The Olympia

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