Legendary Medieval music-performing group The Craic has just been announced as a major performing artist during the upcoming ninth annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival, sweeping the shores of the island Friday to Sunday, Oct. 10 to 12. The olde world group plays nationwide throughout the year at an array of Medieval and Pirate festivals and faires, calling the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area home port.
"They are such a great band I just love them," said Belinda Hadcock, event director of the annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival. "They are full of energy and really get the crowd going. I feel so fortunate that they agreed to do the show again this year. They love Fort Myers Beach they said it's one of their favorite festivals."
The ninth annual pirate festival will kick off at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, with a Pub Crawl along Old San Carlos Boulevard and surrounding areas. Bands of roving pirates will be accompanied from pub to pub by The Craic, where songs will be sung and ale will be drunk. The opening cannon will sing at 10 a.m. both Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, followed immediately by the Pirate's Parade down Old San Carlos Boulevard.
Well-known musical group The Craic has been announced as a major performer during the upcoming Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival Oct. 10 to 12. The Craic’s show is an intense and wildly entertaining act, made up of four international travelers who were banded together on an ancient battlefield. Photo by DARRIN FESPERMAN.
The parade will continue into Times Square and back down the boulevard, where the stage will be set for a fun, family friendly pirate festival. There will be plenty of activities for the wee ones, including a children's fishing tournament, stage shows, a treasure hunt, and face painting.
"Our Find the Pirate game for the kids is so fun we had about 600 kids run through and play the game last year, alone," Belinda said. "The kids get a sheet with caricatures of different pirates roving around the festival, and they have to stop by and ask, 'Have you seen this pirate?' They have so much fun with it. When they return to the area and show us their game sheet, they get a treasure bag many of the items donated from our local business owners. It's such a fun time."
There will be plenty of medieval-period vendors and merchants on hand to supply the aspiring pirate with garb and swag, so come out and get dressed, or add that piece you have always wanted to your costume.
"Our vendor space is officially full so look forward to a bunch of fantastic vendors. Most of my vendors are hand-crafters that sell pirate goods leather-workers, jewelers, hand-made clothing pretty much really, really high-quality, handmade one-of-a-kind goods. It's going to be a great selection," Belinda said.
All of the restaurants and bars along Old San Carlos Boulevard will be serving plenty of food and drink, and will be open late to accommodate all of the piratin' fun.
As we near the annual land-lubbin' pirate festival, stay tuned to the Beach Bulletin for further details and upcoming events during the three days of fun and mayhem.