Yo ho ho! A bundle of fun is in store for the pirate fans who are planning to attend the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa Florida. The festival takes place over two weekends (Jan. 18th and 25th) and has one day specially devoted to kids and families on the 18th. Adults can do their grown-ups only swashbuckling at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest on the 25th. Both days of events celebrate pirate culture with parades, concerts, mock pirate invasions, and street festival stalls. Whether you want a fun activity for your whole family or you are looking to engage in some mature merriment, the Gasparilla Pirate event is a party you won’t want to miss!
Pirate Costumes – One of the easiest ways to get into character is with a fun pirate costume. Many pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy are thought to have worn some buccaneer staples. Bandanas, eye patches, and Victorian style coats are a must if you are trying to dress up for a Renaissance fair or pirate fest. You might also want to invest in a fancy captain’s hat, wig, or pirate makeup to create a more impressive style.
Movie Marathon – Prepare yourself for all the pirates you will see at the festival with a marathon of swashbuckling movies before the event. Some of the most popular pirate movie titles include Pirates of the Caribbean , The Princess Bride, Treasure Island, The Goonies, and Hook. Kids will love animated pirate films and TV shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Treasure Planet or Peter Pan.
Talk Like a Pirate – If you want to walk the walk, you have to talk the talk! Speaking like a pirate is a great way to dive into the fun of a festival like this one. There are tons of dialect guides out there, but there are a few general rules to helping you sound more like a sailor. Use filler words like “yar” and “arrgh” a lot to start off your sentences. Instead of “my”, say “me” (ie. “Shiver me timbers” or “Where did I put me rubber duckie?”) Extend your Rs when speaking for a more pirate-y voice. Remember, “aye” instead of “yes” is another great trick to add a little saltwater to your speech.
Pirate Trivia and Famous Sailors – Learn a bit about famous pirates of the past before your trip to the Gasparilla Priate Festival. A little extra knowledge will help you have a new understanding for the fun you will be having. Some of the most famous pirates and buccaneers include William Kidd, Blackbeard (Edward Teach), Black Bart, Anne Bonny and Calico Jack, Henry Morgan, and Sir Francis Drake. Knowing a little bit about fictional pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow can be fun too! Look up your favorite trivia online and learn something new.
Get into the pirate spirit and gear up for one of the biggest pirate conventions in the country. Pull together your costume, accent, and swashbuckling knowledge and get ready to set sail for adventure and fun!