Cedar Key Pirate Invasion
Mark Ye Calendars for the 4th Annual Invasion!
September 16-18, 2016
He is coming back to town under cover of darkness, with pirates from all over Florida and Georgia and a small armada of ships.
A contingent from the St. Augustine Garrison has been sent to Cedar Key to help protect the townfolks and try to keep some semblance of order.
It is rumored that the pirates will be setting up camp in the city park and taking over Dock street until the treasure is found.
Come, celebrate with the pirates. See how they lived on land when ashore. Learn from some of the finest re-enactors on the East Coast. Are you smarter than the infamous privateer Jean Laffite? Can you find his treasure before the pirates can?
And if you think you can find the treasure…
Join the Hunt for the “Eye of Bawdy Anne” a rare Gem that was once the showpiece of John Lafitte’s treasure horde. Find it, Turn it in and receive the Reward of $400 in gold coins. This two day, Adult Treasure Hunt is new to the Invasion this year. Pay yer fee at the Info Booth for your first clue, join the search…
Watch and listen as the pirates set up an outpost in the city park, complete with trade and commerce. Come and purchase wares and clothing from foreign lands. Listen to rousing, toe tapping sea shanties.
Prepare for the parade Saturday morning. All the scallawags in town will be in attendance.
For the Little Pirates, a treasure hunt with Bloody Sam Rackham, Face Painting, a costume contest and an all-day search for the most infamous pirates in town. The “Wanted Poster” will be inside your program found around town and at the Info Booth. (see full schedule)
For the adult pirates, sample piratical libations all over town, be guided by the Pusser’s Passport, (available at the Info Booth), be entertained by the finest pirate musicians in the land, find treasures beyond measure at the thieves market.
Then prepare for battle. The struggle for Cedar Key happens in the park, on the beach and in the water on Saturday Sept 19th, which pirates will choose which side? Will the Garrison be able to maintain order, or will they join the pirates and split the treasure. Hear the clash of steel, the smell of gunpowder and the roar of the cannons!
Saturday night brings the Pirate’s Plunder Auction, (@Steamers). Find amazing wares from across the globe, all will be auctioned off and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Children’s Table, this year’s chosen charity.
Sunday morn will dawn with many exhausted pirates who will head to the park for more music, more fun and the final cannon shot around 4pm.
Only time will tell the outcome, but whatever happens, you are in for a weekend of fun, merriment and a piratical good time.
Introducing – The Pirate Weekend VIP Pass!
New for 2016, this special ticket grants admittance not only to Friday’s Parlay with Pirates, but a brand new event on Thursday night. Hosted by 83 West and sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, this new event will only be open to VIP Pass holders. Plus, there are a bunch of other swag gifts and perks thrown in to make this an option even the most flint-hearted rogue can’t refuse. For more information and ticket purchase, see the VIP Pass page.
NEWS FLASH – Announcing the availability of our special Cedar Key “Clam Roger” hat pins! These custom pins are being made by Raphael Vinci Art especially for Cedar Key. Orders are being taken now and we should have some available for purchase onsite at the festival as well.
Wondering what we’re all about? Check out some pix of Cedar Key and past Invasions …
Photo Credits: Thanks to Hawkeye Jim, Dan Hart, Ann Poche, Cindy Svec, Christine Ford, Taylor Murphy, John Lock and anyone else that we missed. As always, if we missed your contribution or if there’s a photo you want removed – email firstname.lastname@example.org