If you’ve never attended the annual Mullet Toss at the world-famous Flora-Bama, it can be a little hard to fathom what all the fuss is about. You mean, people throw a fish? Yes, but it is so much more than that.
First up, let’s establish the fishy facts. For those not familiar, the mullet is a popular and very plentiful fish indigenous to our Gulf Coast waters. While folks on the east coast may use it as a bait fish, cooks here in our area know it is a delicious fish. (Local tip: Look for All You Can Eat Mullet specials at area restaurants.)
That’s the mullet part. And the toss, well, participants stand on the beach at the Flora-Bama and from a 10-foot circle on the Florida side, they toss, fling, throw, sling (whatever method) the mullet across the state line into Alabama.
So on paper it still seems a bit of a stretch to see this as a major event. But the key ingredient is the location. Because this is the Flora-Bama and partying just comes naturally to the place. And tossing a fish from Florida to Alabama, well, that’s as good a reason as any to get together and have a blast!
We encourage you to check it out and maybe even toss a mullet or two. Once you’ve been, you get it!