Piracy, International Flavor Swarms St. Pete/Clearwater

Costumed pirates, reggae star Shaggy headline this weekend’s events

Thursday, June 10, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (June 10, 2010) – The sounds of swashbucklers and steel drums will ring from the beach to the bay this weekend with the return of two of the St. Pete/Clearwater area’s most popular events.

The 9th Annual John Levique Pirate Days, a three-day buccaneer bash celebrating Levique’s discovery of the quaint fishing port, kicks off this Friday from the Holiday Isles Elks Lodge in Madeira Beach.

‘The Brigands’ band will provide a soundtrack of sea shanties and nautical tunes at tomorrow’s Pirates Ball from 7 to 11 pm. The adult-only adventure also features food from local vendors, a costume contest and a silent auction for guests to pillage.

Saturday’s events take to the high seas---or in this case, the Gulf of Mexico---where a leisurely boat parade unfolds into a sea battle. Other events on Saturday sure to shiver your timbers include a family treasure hunt, displays by the West Coast Mutineers performance group and a spectacular fire show at dusk.

A street parade, complete with beads and booty for on-lookers, departs from Gators Café & Saloon on Treasure Island at 1 pm on Sunday. Pirate —ships” and other decorated vehicles will travel onto John’s Way, twisting and turning before dispersing at the entrance to Village Boulevard.

Other festivities on tap include a pub crawl, live music and a hurricane expo, where emergency management experts will provide tips on hurricane preparedness. 

Admission to Pirate Days is free, with proceeds from purchases benefitting the Florida Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Fund. For more information, please visit www.JohnsPassFestivals.com.

For those who prefer to experience the Caribbean without pirates, the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival celebrates its 18th year with a bevy of international artists, including Grammy nominated reggae performer, Shaggy.

Drawing an eclectic mix of visitors from throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean to scenic Vinoy Park on the bayfront in downtown St. Pete, the two-day celebration is one of the area’s most electrifying events.

This year’s lineup also includes live performances by Daddy Yankee and Alison Hinds, a steel drum competition, ethnic foods and crafts and a costume parade.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. For more information or to order tickets, please call 877-318-0073.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information: VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com
Phone: 727.464.7223

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