Raise Yer Flag, Grab Yer Mate and Join Us in Celebrating the Golden Age of Sail
& Seafaring Adventure!
Daily Tall Ship Pirate Sails & Sea Battles - Pirate Pub Strolls - Fight Circles - Sea Stories
End of America's Hurricane Season Party at the Mohawk's Truman Annex Pier (Nov. 30)
Walk the Plank National Championships & El Meson de Pepe's Literature & the Sea Pirate's Dinner(Dec. 4)
Conch Republic Pirates Shipwreck Ball (Dec.5)
Avast, me Hearties! It's time to chart yer course for the Isle of Bones...Cayo Hueso as Key West and the Conch Republic welcome the 9th Annual Pirates in Paradise Festival. Pack up yer cutlass, don yer garb, grab yer mate and join us for a full week of mischief and merrymaking that features a host of swashbuckling events for buccaneers and wenches of all ages!
Top-name quality entertainment and historic re-enactors, improvisational actors, and combative stunt men from around the country (including Cascabel, whose portrait by Don Maitz is the artwork for our Festival program cover) are set to invade the island and join Key West's own pirate crew, the Bone Island Buccaneers for a host of pure piratical escapades. As you stroll the streets of Old Town's colorful seaport taverns and pirate pubs such as Pat Croce's Rum Barrell at Pirate Soul and the Green Parrott or visit Fort Zachary Taylor's Pirate Fest and Village Market, don't be surprised if you run into the likes of Anne Bonny, Bawdy Be, Braze, Cascabel, Sir Henry Morgan, The Pyrates of the Coast and other nefarious Brethren of the Coast.
Each day the public can join Captain Finbar and his scurvy crew of pirates aboard the Schooner WOLF for Tall Ship Sails and Pirate Attacks. Docked at the Historic Seaport, the WOLF, Flagship of the Conch Republic will be offering afternoon and sunset sails.
The community of Key West will once again gather on November 30th to celebrate the Official End of America's Hurricane Season Party at the USS MOHAWK CGC (WPG-78) Memorial Museum's Truman Annex Pier. Festivities include a special ceremony featuring NOAA's weather forecaster Matt Strahan and his weather crew who will ceremonially burn the Hurricane Flags, signifying the end of this year's Hurricane Season.
On Thursday, December 4th those aspiring writers and artists wishing to get their inspiration from the sea, can join Captain Finbar aboard the WOLF for the Festival's annual Artists', Historians' and Authors' Sail and the Literature & the Sea Caribbean Pirate's Buffet hosted by El Meson de Pepe on Mallory Square (both these events will feature participating artists, historians and literary luminaries include Janny Wurts, Don Maitz, Carol Shaughnessy, Cynthia Zeuli and "Queen of Swing" Norma Miller -- who will be celebrating her 89th B-day during the festival. Also on the 4th is the annual Walk the Plank National Championships held aboard the WOLF. Spectators can cheer on their favorite pirate from the Pier House Resort's Beach Bar!
Once again Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park & Beach will be the location for the Pirate Fest, Village Thieves' Market and Pirate Pub. The Fort's Pirate Fest which is set inside the historic fort, with its authentic period encampments, historic re-enactors and colorful pirates, lets you have the chance to live a pirate's life! Pirates will be repelling invaders along the ramparts while vendors sell wares in the makeshift town. Occasional fights are bound to break out as braggarts solve their disagreements with swords and daggers in true piratical style; and various pirate entertainers add to the festive nature that fills the township. The historic reenactment of the Pyrate Tryal of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, based on the original transcripts of the trial, as found in Tamara Eastman's book, will be held on Saturday morning inside the fort at 11 a.m.
One of the highlights of this year's festival will be the Pirate Tavern in the fort itself, which will be open afternoon/evening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5- 7. There, you'll hear tall tales and spirited chanteys while downing a pounder of ale or some sweet honey mead. It'll seem so real to you that you'll be sure you've been transported back some 350 years to the time when pirates ruled the Caribbean.
On Friday night, December 5th, the Fort's Pirate Fest is the site with the Conch Republic Shipwreck Pirate's Ball & Pirate Feast which features special guest, Queen of Swing Norma Miller and the Conch Republic High Command.
Looking for lodging accommodations and reservations for our nautical excursions? We can help. Just give us a call at 305-296-9694.
The Pirates in Paradise Festival has its many swashbuckling sponsors to thank, including Communicreations.com, Bob Weber's Bicycling Through History, Pirate’s Choice Rum, PEPSI Refreshment Services, Pat Croce's Rum Barrel and Pirate Soul, El Meson de Pepe, Ambrosia Key West, Cypress House Historic Inn, Days Inn Key West, Courtyard by Marriott, Westwinds Inn, Fairvilla Megastore, Sunlion Jewelry, Sebago Watersports, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Double Tree Grand Key, What a Dish Catering, Island 107 FM, The Event Network, Fort Zachary Historic State Park and the Florida Park Service.
To all our volunteers, pirate entertainers and crew...THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS A TRUE PIRATE GATHERING! A special thanks to our volunteer event organizers who include Park Specialist Harry Smid (General of the Conch Republic Army) and his crew at Fort Taylor Historic State Park ad Spike, Beau, Greek, Portside Tom and the rest of the Bone Island Buccaneers for organizing the Fort Taylor Pirate Fest, Village Market & Pub; Robb 'Hurricane' Zerr and Michelle ‘Diosa’ Murillo of CommuniCreations.com for website management and marketing; WISS Island 107 FM for getting the word out; and Captain Finbar and the scurvy crew of the Schooner Wolf for providing adventure on the high seas!
We especially thank our pirate performers and crews who will be providing swashbuckling entertainment, including The Pyrates of the Coast, Cascabel, Braze, Bawdy Be, Captain Crudbeard, the Callahan Crewe and Lady Barbara and Liberte' Sparrow.
We have plenty of fun-filled piratical activities lined up...so mark your calendars for Nov. 29 through Dec. 7 and plan to set sail for Key West and the 2008 Pirates in Paradise Festival!
-- Julie McEnroe, The Event Network and Festival Volunteer
Pirates in Paradise Festival 9 Days of Pure Piratical Escapades Celebrating Key West's Rich & Colorful Maritime Heritage Nov. 29 thru Dec. 7, 2008 (305) 296-9694