ARRRR!!!! THEY’RE BACK! KALMAR NYCKEL FOUNDATION HOSTS 2nd PIRATE FESTIVAL ON WILMINGTON’S RIVERFRONT
Day to Feature Games, Parades, Pirate-Themed Activities
AND lots and lots of pirates
Wilmington, DE -- Mark your calendars, Mateys! The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will host Wilmington's second annual "Pirate Festival" on Saturday, June 30th from 11AM - 5PM in Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington's Riverfront. This year, the Festival will feature crews of pirates from six different states, seven bands, more food and more fun! The event is designed for families and pirate enthusiasts. Sea dogs and scallywags of all ages will experience the life of an 18th century pirate.
The Festival will feature a wide variety of activities including a Pirate Parade, Costume Contest, crafts and activities, food and music and a chance to tour the historic, Kalmar Nyckel. “Pirate crews” will share stories about the history of piracy on the Delaware River and what the lives of pirates were like 300 years ago. This year, pirate crews will be coming as far as North Carolina to demonstrate sailing, map reading, knot tying and other skills. Entrance is free for all attendees, although some activities will charge a small fee.
Musical entertainment will be hosted by WJBR's Catey Hill, and will feature New Sweden, Pirates for Sail, Scales and Crosstones, Three Sheets and the Wind, Bloodrhythm, and the Diamond State Concert Band. Also new this year, the Imagination Players, a children's music and dance group, will be performing from 11:45 to 12:15. This talented group of young performers has been featured at the Grand Opera House and other area venues.
"Pirate Festival" attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in authentic pirate garb and participate in the pirate parade and costume contest. A real pirate panel will select two winners (1 adult and 1 child) to receive special prizes from the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Adult Prize: 4 tickets to the evening Blue Rocks pirate-themed game, and the honor of throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch!
Child Prize: 4 tickets to the evening Blue Rocks pirate-themed Game, and the honor of giving the official "Play Ball" command at the start of the game.
All are welcomed to continue the festivities at the Blue Rocks Pirate Night game on June 30th, scheduled for 6:05 PM start time. (Gates open at 5 p.m.). There will be prizes for fans that come dressed in their pirate garb. For more information call 302-888-BLUE or log on to www.bluerocks.com.
The Pirate Festival also marks the return of Kalmar Nyckel to Wilmington. Public sails will be offered from Sunday July 1st through Sunday, July 15th on the Christina River departing from Dravo Plaza. We recommend calling (302) 429-7447 for a reservation, though passengers can purchase a ticket at the dock, space permitting.
Pirate Day Schedule of Events;
11:00-11:45 Welcome; Music Performance by Diamond State Concert Band
11:50-12:10 Performance by the Imagination Players
12:10-12:55 Music Performance by 3 Sheets and the Wind
1:00-1:45 Music Performance by New Sweden
2:00-2:30 Music Performance by Pirates for Sail
2:30-3:00 Music Performance by Scales & Crosstones
3:00-3:15 Pirate Parade and Costume Contest
3:15-3:45 Music Performance by Bloodrhythm
4:00-4:30 Music Performance by Pirates for Sail
4:30-5:00 Music Performance by Scales & Crosstones
Pirate Day Activities include:
- Black Powder Demonstrations (cannons and muskets) on the hour by the Pirates crews
- Treasure Hunt (fee)
- Kalmar Nyckel Special Pirate Ship Tour (fee)
- Face painting (fee)
- Boat Building (fee)
- Balloon Twisting (fee)
- Build your own treasure chest (fee)
Free exhibits and activities will be presented by:
- Delaware Children’s Museum
- Brandywine Zoo
- DuPont Environmental Education Center
- Zwaanendael Museum
- Old Swedes Historic Site
- Tri-State Bird Rescue
- Delaware Museum of Natural History
- Rocky from the Blue Rocks
Pirates will be in full pirate regalia sharing stories about piracy on the Delaware River and “privateering” during the colonial era. This year, we present:
- Plankhouse Crew (Marcus Hook, PA) - featuring Blackbeard (Edward Teach), the most famous of the Golden Age Pirates, who still haunts the historic Plankhouse in Marcus Hook, home of his beloved mistress Margaret.
- Recreating History (Claymont, DE) - featuring Charles Vane, the notorious English pirate, who defied the English crown and conspired with Blackbeard, and Grace O'Malley, the famous Irish Pirate Queen who gained audience with Queen Elizabeth I in 1563.
- Sons of the Waves - featuring Robert Van Vlam, the Dutch pirate of royal lineage who lived to tell his remarkable story.
- Vigilant Crew - out of Baltimore, these privateers mean business
- Crewe of the Archangel -Captain John Sterling, a privateer extraordinaire, who leads Pirate hunters.
- Pirates of the Northern Star (Yankee Lady) – re-enactors forming a new pirate group in New Jersey.
In addition to their demonstrations about the lives of Pirates, several crews will perform “black powder demonstrations” (fire cannons and muskets) on the hour. And, the pirates are always happy to pose for a photo, too!
This day wouldn't be possible without assistance from ING DIRECT and our other Pirate Day Sponsors including: the News Journal/ Delaware Online, WJBR, Diamond State Recycling, ShopRite, Christiana Care, Diver Chevrolet, Charles Schwab, Financial Network, Inc., Standard Distributing Company, and Aztec Printing.
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation preserves and promotes the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware for the education and enrichment of all.