Party with flamingos at famous St. Petersburg sinkhole

To be fair, flamingos are lousy drunks so they probs won't be drinking at this Sunken Gardens festival.

click to enlarge One of the flamingos you'll meet at the Flamingo Festival at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. - CATHY SALUSTRI
Cathy Salustri
One of the flamingos you'll meet at the Flamingo Festival at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg.

Flamingos. They’re... peculiar. Their knees go backward, they have to bend in half to eat, and their beaks remind you of the scoops you use at the candy bin. But they’re also charming AF: they’re big wild pink things, which otherwise only happens after too much absinthe. The collective noun for them is “flamboyance,” so when you go to the Flamingo Festival you will see a flamboyance of flamingos, which is not only charming but so much fun to say. Which is why you should go. Also why you should go: the gardens themselves have plants more than a century old, there’ll be live music and if you wear pink you get a free flamingo chick to take home. OK, that last one isn’t true, but you will get $1 off admission.


Flamingo Festival | Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg | March 3 | 12 p.m. | $10. | 727-551-3102

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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