Talk of the Town - May 2018
- story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse promises music and mayhem in Old Town for their 4th annual Pirate Day in the Bay. With so much fun planned, the “day” actually amounts to a weekend, kicking off with a couple of parties before the full blown celebration on Saturday.
Pirates, it turns out, like lots of time to party.
John Rosetti, president of the krewe, expects thousands to take part in this year’s Pirate Day. “In the past I have met visitors from all over the country at Pirate Day. Some have since purchased homes and are now members of our organization. Visitors come and enjoy our event and friendly town and want to be here year round."
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The historic observance of the little known battle launched the krewe’s Lundi Gras golf cart parade as well as Pirate Day. Both have grown each year and now both are much anticipated events enjoyed by visitors and local celebrants. Pirate Central, at the corner of Main Street and Beach Boulevard, is headquarters for all things Pirate Day.
Thursday - May 17
Friday - May 18
The Pirate Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday will feature music at Pirate Central and the search for a hidden treasure chest in Old Town.
“We have about 10 bars and restaurants you can go to and get a drink and a clue. From those clues you can go find the treasure chest,” Rosetti said.
The finder of the chest will receive about $500 worth of goods, including liquor and gift certificates from downtown merchants and others. Tickets for the event are $20 and can also be purchased online.
Saturday - May 19
The costume contest follows the parade, also at Pirate Central. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the contest gets underway at noon. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: age 9 and under; age 10 to 16 and adults.
Lil’ Buccaneers can enjoy all sorts of fun and games in the Kids Zone at the foot of Main Street. There will be a waterslide, inflatables and games for kids.
From 3pm - 5pm, pirates and other celebrants can take a two-hour cruise on the paddlewheel Betsy Ann.
“We’re really excited about the Betsy Ann coming over from Biloxi for this cruise around the beautiful bay,” Rosetti said. The $50 cruise ticket gets you drinks, music and snacks.
“Once the Pirates land at the Municipal Harbor, the Pirate Golf Cart Parade will roll through Old Town,” Rosetti said. “No need to register, just bring your golf cart to the harbor (dress as Pirates) and enjoy the parade.
Pirates must be 21 years old to take part in the Pub Crawl and the Pirate Cruise.
The pirates will be going out with a bang. The festivities conclude with music and a fireworks show (thanks to sponsor Silver Slipper) by the Bay St. Louis harbor at 9pm.