Shiver me timbers, mateys! Pirate Days are coming quickly to our shores! In the Thousand Islands, Pirate Days are a massive celebration of the loveable (if we overlook the looting and pillaging) water rogues. So, let the prevailing winds carry you from our fair city of Rochester to the enchanted islands and straight into a great time of historical proportions!
Alexandria Bay celebrates ten full days of pirate-themed fun called Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. This year the festival runs from August 11th through August 20th. Bill Johnston was a known renegade who was hunted by both the Canadian and American officials for blowing up the British steamer that was named Sir Robert Peel. Johnston took refuge in the Thousand Islands, hiding from the authorities who sought to capture him. To commemorate some of Johnston’s antics, there is a simulated attack from the Saint Lawrence River by pirates on the village of Alexandria Bay – complete with smoke from the musket and cannon fire. When the staunch (but not staunch enough) villagers surrender, the Mayor hands over the key to the village and at this point everybody becomes a pirate!
The festivities include everything from a children’s parade to the re-enactment scenes to story-telling to music (some played by pirate bands in pirate garb!) to beer and wine- tasting events throughout the week. (And I have to imagine there will be a little rum flowing during Pirate’s Week!)
When you drill a little deeper on the list of events, you’ll also find that there are scenic boat tours available, archaic weapons demonstrations, skits that the kids and the kids-at-heart can participate in, a reptile exhibition, a dance block-party for three hours one evening, and a Walk The Plank Big Splash contest! And we haven’t even mentioned the food that will fill the air with the most delicious aromas you can imagine.
There’s more than enough to keep everyone from the youngest bucko to the oldest swashbuckler mightily entertained. So enjoy the beautiful summer drive to Alexandria Bay and spend a day or a few enjoying some of the most raucous characters that have fired our imaginations for centurie s! Remember, too, you can change your Facebook settings to Pirate Speak to get yourself in the mood. And if you need more, you can look forward to International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th!
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