VILLAGE THIEVES’ MARKET, PIRATE PUB & SWASHBUCKLING EVENTS
FREE EVENTS AT THE TRUMAN WATERFRONT COMMONS! (11/25 thru 12/4)
- LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENTS N PERIOD ARTS & CRAFTS N HOLIDAY BAZAAR
- VINTAGE VITTLES & GROG N FIGHT CIRCLES N SWASHBUCKLING SWORDPLAY
- GAMES OF CHANCE N KIDS PLAY AREA N PIRATE ART 101 N KNOT TYING DEMOS
- OFFICIAL END OF AMERICA’S 2011 HURRICANE SEASON PARTY (11/30)
- MOST BUXOM WENCH & BAD ASS PIRATE COSTUME CONTEST (11/30)
- PYRATE TRYAL REENACTMENT OF ANNE BONNY & MARY READ (12/2 & 3)
- PYRATES OF THE COAST WALK THE PLANK COMPETITION ABOARD WOLF (12/3)
- INTERNATIONAL PIRATES' HALL OF FAME TALL TALES STORYTELLING COMPETITION (12/3)
Raise Yer Flag, Grab Yer Mate and Join Us in Celebrating
the Golden Age of Sail & Seafaring Adventure!
Pack up yer cutlass and don yer garb for ten days of mischief and merrymaking that features a host of swashbuckling events for buccaneers and wenches of all ages! Top-name quality entertainment, historic re-enactors, improvisational actors, and combative stunt men from around the country are set to invade the island for a host of pure piratical escapades.
As you stroll the streets of Old Town's Truman Waterfront Commons and the colorful seaport taverns and pirate pubs such as El Meson de Pepe, the Green Parrott, Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery and Schooner Wharf Bar; don't be surprised if you run into the likes of Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Captain Henry Morgan, Blackbeard and other nefarious Brethren of the Coast.
When the sea is finally in your veins and you want a truly unique Key West experience, join ‘His Ugliness’ Admiral Finbar, First Sea Lord aboard his own pirate ship the Schooner WOLF, Flagship of the Conch Republic.
During the Festival, the public is invited to jointhe scurvy crew of pirates aboard the Schooner WOLF for Tall Ship Sails and Pirate Attacks and experience life upon the sea, complete with pirates, cannon fire and small arms fire.
Looking for lodging accommodations and reservations for our nautical excursions? We can help.
Pirates in Paradise -- more than just pirates!
Celebrating the island’s rich and colorful maritime history and heritage, the 12 annual Pirates in Paradise Festival offers a myriad of Historic Walking Tours, Pirate Tours and Pirate Pub Strolls.
Learn more about the ghosts hat once walked these streets with Pirate Tours of Key West's Pirate Walking Tours & Pub Strolls.
Step back in time to WWII and learn WWII history by touring the historic submarine hunter -- the USS MOHAWK CGC which signaled the start of the D-Day Invasion and the USCGC INGHAM, the country's most decorated war ship. These maritime museum ships are docked at Truman Waterfront Commons and will also serve as the backdrop for the Festival’s Pirate Village & Thieves’ Market (11/24-12/4) Which features period clothing, handcrafted arts, exquisite jewelry, leather and glassware, as well as pirate treasure and swords.
During the Festival’s Village Market, Holiday Bazaar (11/24-12/4), the Pirate Pub will be serving up the finest micro brews, wines & rums from around the world, and hungry pirates can choose from vegetarian delights, BBQ, southern soul food and delectable desserts.
Enjoy non-stop entertainment, period arts and crafts, storytelling competitions, pirate parades, strolling minstrels telling tales of the sea and singing spirited chanteys...and plenty of other piratical activities for buccaneers & wenches of all ages!
This year the Festival has added several new events at the Truman Waterfront Commons, including the 1st Annual Rum Mix Off & Island Roots Music Fest (11/24-27), Pirate Cinema (11/29), the Conch Republic Pirate Feast & Sailors Shipwreck Holiday Ball (12/2), the Conch Republic B.U.B.B.A. Homemade Brew Competition, Boucan BBQ/Jerk Cook-Off & Sea Chantey Songfest (12/3 & 4) and Jolly Roger ‘Hard Aground’ Land-Ship Sailing Regatta (12/4.)
Join members of the Conch Republic High Command and Key West’s salty maritime community for their annual Official End of America's Hurricane Season Celebration and Holiday Party (11/30.) Featuring live music and the ceremonial burning of the hurricane flags, the public can also enjoy the Festival’s Pirate Village Market & Pirate Pub.
Don't miss the re-enactment of the historical trial of Anne Bonny and Mary Read (12/2 & 3), the two most famous women pirates in history. The tryal, which will take place at the Pirate Village Main Stage, lets you step back in time to experience a real tryal of pirates. Based on the original transcripts provided by Tamara Eastman, the ending will surprise you, to be sure.
Pirate artists of all ages are invited to come early and meet at the Village Market Main Stage at 9am to join world renowned maritime pirate artist Don Maitz for Pirate Art 101 and 'Color Along.'
If you're in the mood to test your own piratical skills, participate in the 7th Annual Pyrates of the Coast National Walk the Plank Championships aboard the Schooner WOLF at Truman Waterfront Commons (12/3), where victims (uhh, contestants) are forced to walk the plank for prizes and glory. Or...compete in the Most Buxom Wench Contest and Bad Ass Pirate Party (11/30.) Both events are hilarious fun, whether you're participating or simply enjoying the competition.
Other swashbuckling piratical events scheduled for the Truman Waterfront Commons include the Pyrates of the Coast 2nd annual Tall Tales Storytelling Competition (12/3) and a Kid’s Area (for pirates of all ages!) that includes knot tying demos and games of chance.
The Key West Maritime Historical Society invites one and all to join them for author & historian Robert N. Macomber's 3rd annual PIP Key West Reader Rendezvous (11/28-12/1) and 11th annual Literature & the Sea Retreat (11/28-12/4.). Macomber’s Reader Rendezvous highlights include Sunset Happy Hour and an Historic Glimpses presentation at the top of the Crowne Plaza La Concha (11/28) and a Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Key West (11/29) that departs from the Crowne Plaza La Concha and concludes with a Book Signing at Voltaire Books.
Throughout the week you can also mingle with other well known artists, writers and entertainers who have helped create and keep alive the pirate lore of days gone by and the mystique of Key West, including John Viele, Christine Lampe, Don Maitz, Janny Wurts and the 'Queen of Swing' Norma Miller.
Other Literature & the Sea events include Literature & the Sea Author's Luncheon at Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery (11/29); and the WOLF's Authors & Historians Sail and El Meson de Pepe's Caribbean Pirates Buffet (both 12/1.)
For more informaiton give us a call at 305-296-9694 or email us at email@example.com.
Thank you to our Pirates in Paradise Sponsors & Volunteers
The Pirates in Paradise Festival has its many swashbuckling sponsors to thank, including CommuniCreations.com, El Meson de Pepe, Double Tree Grand Key Resort, Ambrosia Key West, Cypress House Historic Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, The Reach Resort, Fairvilla Megastore, No Quarter Given, Pirates Magazine, The Pyrates Way Magazine, Kelly's Caribbean Bar & Grill, Pepsi Refreshment Services, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, The Event Network, SIK Promotions and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
To all our volunteers, pirate entertainers and crew... THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS A TRUE PIRATE GATHERING!
Our annual Key West Pirates in Paradise Festival would not be the success it has become without your support and ‘behind the scenes’ hard work.
A special thanks to our volunteer event organizers, including: Capt. Reen Stanhouse, Angelina & Reuben Morgan, Robb 'Hurricane' Zerr and his crew of Pyrates of the Coast; Chris Liddle and The Buccaneers of Key West, Joanie Heart and the ASTAAR Board, Dead Eye Rick, Captain Leatherback, Scarlett Jai, Michelle Murillo, Joe Clements, Sheila Sands and Capt. Charles Blackwater.
Kudos to our marketing & media partners, including Robb "Hurricane Zerr, CommuniCreations for website management and marketing; Kelly & Boomer at CYMK Printing, Don Maitz and Michael Noles for the beautiful pirate artwork; and to Michelle Murrillo, No Quarter Given, Pirates Magazine, The Pyrate Way Magazine, The Conch Republic Group (ConchTV.com and KeysTV.com;)and our other media sponsors for helping us get the word out.
A special thanks to my guy, Admiral Finbar (his ugliness himself) and our wonderful crew of the the Schooner WOLF for providing adventure on the high seas! We also thank our pirate performers and tall ship crews who will be providing swashbuckling entertainment and adventure on the high seas and on land, including The Pyrates of the Coast, Cascabel, Braze, Deadeye & the Captains of the Devil's Triangle, Liberte' Sparrow and the rest of the re-enactors who have gathered from around the world.
We have plenty of fun-filled piratical activities lined up... so mark your calendars for November 24 through December 4 and plan to set sail for Key West and the 2011 Pirates in Paradise Festival!
Wishing you Fair Winds and Following Seas!
-- Julie McEnroe, The Event Network and Festival Director
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