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Conch Republic Independence Celebration
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Conch Republic Independence Day parade.

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Tea Party, scheme party. Back in the dark days of 1982, Key West residents fed up with a "government gone mad with power" declared their independence from the U.S. and raised the flag of the Conch Republic as a tongue-in-cheek protest against -- among other things -- a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on the Overseas Highway. Key West is technically still part of the U.S., but Conch Republic Independence Day is nevertheless celebrated each April with a military muster, a race between local drag queens, music, parties, and the naming of a Conch Republic Royal Family.

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