A Festival for Landlubbers

Ghosts, vampires, sci-fi monsters, and whatever cartoon is the flavor du jour are all fun and acceptable Halloween costumes, but they fall a little short on the “Floridiana.” With Florida’s colorful history involving fearsome raids by pirates and buccaneers, you’d think piracy as a costume motif would be more rampant in our communities, but so much for a sense of history, right? Fear not, for the third-annual Boynton Beach Pirate Fest looks to inject a little bit of that old-timey, high-seas drama back into our lives. Though what’s known about historical pirates has been romanticized over time, they still serve a pretty impressive visual picture of dread and awe. Imagine what an inspired child could create with some tattered rags, scurvy/poor hygiene makeup, some jewelry, and a cutlass! Even moms can opt out of the slutty-nurse standard and arrange for that “island wench” look. Just kidding, though this being Florida, maybe we’re not. There will be live music, children’s activities, pirate reenactments and stunts, magicians, a haunted house, crafts, live mermaids, and an appearance by Captain Jack, so there is no excuse for missing out on the plundering. This free festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday along East Ocean Avenue, between Seacrest Boulevard and Federal Highway in downtown Boynton. Call 561-600-9097 or visit bbpiratefest.com.
Sat., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2014
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Abel Folgar