I personally don't get the need to fall over a dirty, rum soaked, middle aged man living some fantasy of raping and pillaging, but the tourists seem to like them with their manly swagger and rough talk. I've had a few laughs seeing women posing with the pirate actors for pictures and there's breathless swooning as if these facsimiles are god's gift. I prefer my men clean shaven and smelling soap fresh so I don't get it. I see the appeal of a man in uniform, something clean and smartly cut, but scruffy, dirty looking costumes and dirt smudged faces aren't my cuppa. Different strokes for different folks I guess. I prefer my pirates in a rug and came up with this cute little pirate weather vane a few years ago. Mary was the first to hook it and the rug is in the shop on display.
The Pirate Festival & Regatta brings a fair amount of people to town and the chandlery tent on the government wharf usually yields a must have treasure for my shop and maybe a mermaid or some nautical paraphernalia for the house. That's about all I have time to participate in as the shop is usually busy.
The Mahone Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2013 Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta on August 2-5.
The festival continues to build on 23 successful years of the Wooden Boat Festival and more recently the Pirate Festival and Regatta. It's all about a community's celebration of our region's historic and sometimes playful relationship with the sea. Classic boats, pirate exhibits, marauding buccaneers, musicians and competitive sailing events will entertain and engage the whole family.
Mahone Bay has been a treasure since 1754. Piratical activity in Atlantic Canada has been well documented but rarely witnessed.
Join us in Mahone Bay for exhibits on the history of local piracy. Experience pirate history for yourself and go on a tour of Oak Island. Watch out for the 200th anniversary of the Burning of the Young Teazer.
Good food and music are synonymous with Mahone Bay festivals. Watch musical buskers performing throughout town. Pick up a commemorative coin. Enjoy a drink, try some local seafood and take in the beauty of Mahone Bay. There is no doubt you will bump into someone famous and rub shoulders with a pirate or two.
Classic and modern yachts, large and small vessels will compete for prizes and trophies. Less formal competition is planned just for fun; build and then race a boat completely made from recycled cardboard or compete in the famous dory races in front of the three churches. There are many prizes but expect stiff competition from marauding pirates. Prizes are awarded daily. Visit our famous summer flea market, our shops and restaurants and experience the beauty and excitement of the 2012 Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta. Parking areas are located throughout Town. If you come by boat, take advantage of the marina facilities that are available, including hot showers and tender service. Join us, but remember: DRESS LIKE A PIRATE!