JONES BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Ten of thousands of self-proclaimed Parrotheads have returned to New York’s Margaritaville party on Long Island.

The event is a summer ritual that gets more complicated every year, reports CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff.

The Jimmy Buffett show Thursday night at Jones Beach has been the gathering spot for happy fans since midnight.

While the performance itself only has the capacity for 15,000 people, the estimated turnout is closer to 80,000 camped out along the beach.

“This is about getting away from all that stress and things in life that aren’t fun, and just blowing off some stream, having fun, celebrating Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville,” said one fan who was dressed as a bottle of beer.

“Listen, everyone wants to escape to Margaritaville and that’s exactly what we are doing, we are in a fiction fantasy land for the day,” Anthony Tussie of West Islip said.

Carolyn Gusoff At Jones Beach For CBSN New York

While the 72-year-old Southern-born rock-country-folk singer is the central draw, it’s the easy-going lifestyle Jimmy Buffett represents which means the most to these fans.

“Who goes to the concert?” said one tailgater. “You’re supposed to party, that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

“This day every year is the best day ever because it’s all about fun, and friends, and good times, and everybody gets along and everybody’s happy,” said another fan.

“I do take this day off, and the day before, and the day after!” another party goer joked.

Third-party tickets ranging from $56 to more than $2,000 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater for Thursday’s show.


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