WAXHAW, NC – The Museum of the Waxhaws and the Carolina Cutthroat Krewe will be hosting the “’21 Post Plague Pirate Parlay & Party” on August 27 and 28. The 11th installment of this annual tradition was severely curtailed in 2020, but they are excited to be back for the usual fun in 2021. Tim Scronce, member of the Carolina Cutthroat Krewe, is very excited about the event. “There will be a vendors’ artisan market surrounded by the pirate encampment,” he said. “There will be shows on the stage throughout the day. And, of course, cannon firing throughout the day.” Sandi Scronce, the Event Coordinator for the Museum of the Waxhaws, shared, “This year we will have Beth Yarbrough and Ashley Oliphant who have co-authored a book on Jean Laffite, Jean Laffite Revealed. They explore the mystery behind Laffite and the possibility that he changed his identity and lived out the rest of his life in Lincolnton, NC.”
This year, the fun will be spread over two days. Friday night will feature “Friday EvenTide: An Evening of Adult Piratical Merrymaking” for adults 21 and up from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and tickets will be $12. You will have an opportunity to party with the pirates the night before the big event! Come dressed up for the costume contest featuring a treasure reward and stay for the cash bar, snacks, live music, and shanties. Saturday’s festivities will start at 10:00 AM and run until 5:30 pm with tickets being $8 for ages 4 and up (children under 3 are free). “We will take all precautions needed for everyone to have fun and be safe,” Sandi shared. “We will have our Pirate Encampment & Living History in the Village, Buccaneer Bootcamp, and Costume Contest for the Wee Pirates, Mermaids, Artisan Market with lots vendors and variety, Food Trucks and Kona Ice, lots of Photo-ops, Cannon fire, and Small arms demos with Pirates and Militia, sword fighting and stage shows, along with music and so much more fun stuff.”
There will be six crews at Pirate Day this year: Carolina Cutthroat Krewe (Indian Trail NC), The Charles Towne Few (Charleston SC), The Scoundrels of the Seas (Charlotte NC), The Black Flaggers (Denton NC), Bloody Mad and the Scallywags (live pirate band), and & Kevin & Kilo, the Parrot (New York). There will be a reenactment by the Carolina Cutthroat Krewe featuring Jean Laffite in a sword fight comedy show.
Schedule for Pirate Day Saturday August 28:
10:00 am: Opening Cannon
11: 00 am: Militia Demo (stage)
11:45 am: Scallywags, Swords & Shenanigans (stage)
12:30 pm: Youth Costume Contest (stage)
1:30 pm: Cannon Volley
2:30 pm: Militia Demo (stage)
3:15 pm: Scallywags, Swords & Shenanigans (stage)
4:15 pm: Militia/Pirate Battle
5:30 pm: Closing Cannon
“All other events will be on a continuing basis through-out the day, so make sure to visit the Pirate Encampment area and get soul searching direction from our Pirate Advice booth,” said Sandi. “Rummage through our Artisan Market and find a deal. Pick up a Notorious 8 Wanted card and find the remaining six miscreants that are wondering free. Take the younger pirates to Pirate School for some proper training in the art of the privateer. Visit the mermaids. Getting hungry after all the excitement? Check out the grub at the food trucks. Grab some food and take a break while listening to some stories.”
‘While you’re in the encampment, ask for a cannon demonstration!” Sandi continued. “Them powder monkeys just love to make some noise for you. Immerse yourself in pirate history. Break out the camera and get some pictures with the krewes and their scurvy buccaneers. There’s something to do all day long. Remember 100% of your entry fee is going to the museum. All pirates are volunteers. Where else can you have this much fun and help a local icon continue to bring education and history to the community?” So grab your cutlass and some friends, and join the Museum of the Waxhaws on August 27 and 28 for the ’21 Post Plague Pirate Parlay & Party!
Museum of the Waxhaws ’21 Pirate Parley and Party – 8215 Waxhaw Hwy, Waxhaw, NC 28173; museumofthewaxhaws.org