Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mallory Square, Key West

Location: Florida Keys

Watching the sun set from Mallory Square in Key West is touristy to the max -- but it has become a tradition during our yearly trek to the Keys, and one that we continued last night. On the way there, we met a man on the street who, for some unknown reason, had brought his Boa with him and was letting passerbys hold her (yes, I did). At Mallory Square, the street performers included fire-eaters, acrobats, dogs wearing "Minnie Pearl" hats, musicians, magicians, and a woman with large knives and a harmonica, feet balanced on a teeter totter ready to juggle. Then, finally, as it has done for billions of years, the sun dipped under the horizon, and the Key West sunset celebration was over for another day.
Click for Larger Image of Woman With Boa
Click for Larger Image of Fire Eater
Click for Larger Image of Knife Woman
Click for Larger Image of Sunset


Anonymous said...

Zo, It seems the performers at Mallory Square must be a permanent part of the scenary. I saw the same performers in your photos in November when I was in KW. The request for tips must be part of the show...Nancy

O. B. Sirius said...

I know that the artists and performers are juried -- they have to have a certain level of expertise to be allowed to perform. Once accepted, they receive no additional salary, only tips. Apparently, they CAN make a decent living. So if they're good, they would be back year after year. I know they do change somewhat -- there used to be human statues there, and I haven't seen them in years. Plus, this year there seems to be a lot more performers using lit torches than there used to be.