The original Feast of the Pirates

For three short years in the 1920s, Wilmington hosted a Feast of Pirates, which the organizers advertized as full of “fun, frolic and friendship.” On August 10, 11th and 12th, 1927, the first Feast of Pirates took place. “Pirates” sailed up the Cape Fear River, and took over the town. Each year during the festivities, there were a slew of events: pageants, parades, songs, dancing, boat races, baby parades, illuminated boat parades, and a bathing beauty contest. Local lore claims the festival was bawdy and raucous fun and that after three years of drunken street revelry, town elders squashed the event. 

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