You know you’ve been dying to wear your puffy shirt, eye patch and gold hoop earrings. Well, bring it on, because officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in Portland on September 20 to count pirates at the 2009 Portland Pirate Festival in Cathedral Park. If the festival can draw more than 1,140 scurvy scalawags decked out in all their pirate finery, it will capture the record for most people dressed as pirates gathered in one location.
Pint-sized pirates count, so dress up the kids too. The Portland Pirate Festival runs Sept. 19-20 (BTW: Saturday, Sept. 19, is also International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day). There’ll be lots for families to do: “Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure,” starring kids from the audience who get to dress up and perform alongside professional actors; free group fencing lessons from Academia Duellatoria fencing school; a cannon and flintlock battle; jugglers; storytellers; two stages of music, including performances by Captain Bogg & Salty and the B.O.O.M. Pirates; a Grub ‘n’ Grog food area; and lots more.
For more on the Portland Pirate Festival, visit www.portlandpiratefestival.com.