Pirates, tall ship to make landfall in Port

Weekend event will include parade; Denis Sullivan to offer tours, sails
Ozaukee Press staff

Pirates will invade Port Washington this weekend for the fourth annual Pirate Fest on the lakefront.

The festival, also known as Port Pirate Daze, will be held from Rotary Park north to the north marina slip parking lot and feature everything from youth and adult costume contests to a breakfast with the pirates to a pirate parade.

The tall ship Denis Sullivan will also be in Port for deck tours and cruises.

“It’s a very family-oriented thing,” said organizer Ralph Ripple. “It’s not a drunk fest. We’ve got a lot of things for children, for the whole family.”

The festival will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The pirates will hold an invasion at Rotary Park at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and re-enactors will be at the park throughout each day.

The pirate parade will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. The parade will step off from the corner of Main and Wisconsin streets, head north to Washington Street, then go east to the lakefront.

There will be a breakfast with the pirates in the main stage at the north marina parking lot from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The cost is $5 for a pancake breakfast and $7 for pancakes and sausages.

A children’s costume contest will be held at noon Saturday and Sunday in the circle at the east end of East Main Street.

An adult costume contest will be at the main stage at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Local historian Rick Smith will give presentations on shipwrecks and the history of the Great Lakes at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Barnacle Stage behind Schooner Pub.

Informal presentations by the Port Washington Historical Society will also be part of the event.

Local children’s author Barbara Joosse will sign copies of her books and do readings in the circle at the east end of East Main Street at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Shanty Shipwreck Show will be performed three times a day on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be music beginning at 5 p.m. each night in the main stage at the north marina parking lot.

Headliners include the band Unity, which will play from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Left on Sunset will play from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Hey Captain Night at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bounding Main and the River Valley Fife and Drum will stroll the grounds while performing throughout the festival.

Food trucks and vendors, a bounce house and hamster balls, belly dancing clinic, children’s activities and a marketplace will also be part of the festival.

For tickets to the Sullivan, visit www.pwhistory.org.


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