“Shiver Me Timbers” art exhibit at Arts & Design Society (www.artsdesignsociety.org)
On May 30th, First City Bank is resurrecting the Little Pirates Parade. They are encouraging families to dress up their little pirates and bring them down to the First City Bank at 135 Perry Ave. from 10 am – 12 pm. Captain Billy Bowlegs and his crew will be there to judge the best costume for three age groups: Ages 3 and under; Ages 4 – 7; Ages 8 – 12. The parade will begin at 10:30 so make sure to come early! All children, with their parent or guardian, need to register for the parade either the day of the event or pre-register at this site.
Captain Billy has been kind enough to bring the mobile William Augustus Bowles Pirate Museum for everyone to tour and will also have the Bowlegs Pirate Ship, the BlackHawk (alias parade float) for all to see. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, music, bounce house and face painting. They will also have a photographer to take your pirate photo and tattoos galore!
On Thursday night, June 4, there will be an opportunity to “Party with the Pirates” at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, as members of the Krewe kick off the Bowlegs Pub Crawl at the Landing at 6:00 pm. (More information about the Pub Crawl can be found at www.fwbpubcrawl.com.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the vendors in the Pirate Village, and there will be music and revelry supplied by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers.
There’s plenty for the kids to do as well! The Downtown Merchants will present their annual Little Scallywags Pirate Walk from 4 to 6 pm – come dressed in costume, and Trick or Treat through the downtown stores. (www.DownTownFWB.com) The kids can work off all that sugar in the PMI Pirates’ Play Zone, which will be open from 5 to 8 pm.
The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, June 5, and Rossi will play from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, followed by the Kasba Dancers and a “Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders at 6:00 pm. Capt. Billy and his Krewe will dock at the Landing around 7 pm for his reconnaissance mission and a skirmish with the Mayor and Reed’s Raiders. That will be followed by great music from “Heritage”, who will entertain the crowd until the fireworks, sponsored by CenturyLink, starting at 9 pm.
While you’re at the Landing, be sure to register for a special “Billy’s Booty” promotion. Cumulus Broadcasting, in conjunction with Fort Walton Mitsubishi, will be giving away Billy's Booty. Every hour on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., someone will win $100 of “Billy's Booty.” Just register with your favorite Cumulus radio station, 99ROCK, Z96, NASH FM 105.5, Coast 93.3 or News Talk 1260, at the gazebo at The Landing on Friday night or anytime Saturday.
On Saturday, June 6, the Festival grounds will open at 10 am. The day will be filled with pirate revelry and music, followed by the Pirates’ Landing at approximately 4 pm. Let’s see if Mayor Anderson will have success in repelling Capt. Billy’s invasion this year.
Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the main stage, sponsored by Apex Broadcasting, and there will be a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone sponsored by PMI. Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attractions, will be $10 on Thursday and $15 per day for Friday and Saturday. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions.
Don't forget about the 41st Annual Billy Bowlegs 5K at 9pm. Visit (www.nwftc.com) for registration details.
Responding to popular demand, the Torchlight Parade, sponsored by WindCreek Atmore, has been moved back to its traditional Monday evening timeslot, on Monday, June 8, at 7 pm. The parade floats will wend their way from First Street up Eglin Parkway, with crowds screaming for beads and throws from the festive floats, sponsored by local businesses and organizations, all themed with a nautical spirit. The pirates and their visiting Mardi Gras krewe cohorts always inspire the loudest cheers and applause.