Gadsden Reads program selects Jimmy Buffet's short stories

The residents of Gadsden are honoring Alabama author and native Jimmy Buffett by selecting the singer's short stories, "Tales from Margaritaville," as the community read book.

This week's First Friday celebration will feature a "parrot head" parade, which will start at city hall and work its way toward Broad Street.

"I plan to be in that parade," said Kay Moore, director of Downtown Gadsden Incorporated.

The parade will kick off three full months of Jimmy Buffett activities ranging from competing cheeseburgers to a tribute band concert.

This year's "Gadsden Reads" project is designed to reflect the state department of tourism's Year of Alabama Music campaign.

"We wanted something that represented just having a good time, that reading, although it came be about really heavy issues that change the way we think about the world, sometimes reading is just about having fun," Moore said.

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