On May 21st, 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 9 am – 11 am. 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 9:30 am 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!
The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, June 3, a “Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders will commence 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 “Shenanigans”, who will entertain the crowd until the fireworks, sponsored by CenturyLink, starting at 9 pm.
Don't miss out on this year's special festival feature.... from 5pm to 10pm you can visit the "Pirate's Lair" sponsored by The Boardwalk where a $20 wristband gets you into a private tent with free flowing drafts and special edition "Pirates Punch" from Timber Creek Distilleries. Grog! Grub! and Hot Pirate Wenches! What more could a pirate ask for!
On Saturday, June 4, the Festival grounds will open at 11 am. The day will be filled with pirate revelry and music, followed by the Pirates’ Landing between 3pm and 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 "AJ's Oyster Shanty" main stage featuring local favorites Continum. 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 $15 per day or $20 for Friday and Saturday. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Saturday's festivities will hold a special treat... the inaugural Billy Bowlegs Beer Tour! From 12-4pm festival patrons will have an opportunity to sample a multitude of Craft and Specialty beers as well as selected spirits from Timber Creek Distillery. Enjoy your exclusive access to the "Pirates Lair", the only air conditioned tent at the festival while you sample the wares! $25 at the entrance or get your discount tickets in advance for $20 at the FWB Chamber of Commerce May 23rd thru June 2nd or at (EventBrite.com), while supplies last.
Don't forget about the 43nd 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 6, 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.