Next weekend, Old Town Bay St. Louis, MS will be teaming with rogue pirates and swashbucklers during the fifth annual Pirate Day in the Bay festival. The downtown event, organized by the non-profit Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, will be centered around Pirate Central, located at South Beach Boulevard and Court Street.
The expanding event draws locals and visitors from all across the south and was recently named a Top Twenty Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, chosen from events taking place across twelve southern states.
Developed to celebrate the Bay’s pirate history dating back over 200 years, the event kicks off Friday, May 17th at 4:00 pm, when pirates officially arrive in Bay St. Louis and begin meandering their way through Old Town with a Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt throughout local eateries and establishments. This adults-only event requires tickets, which can be purchased in advance or at Pirate Central that day.
Enjoy live music by the Castaways beginning at 8pm.
On Saturday, May 18th, the event turns family-friendly with a Lil’ Buccaneers’ Parade at 11am led by Bay St. Louis’ Bay Ratz Marching Battery. The parade will begin at the corner of Main St. and Second St., and end at Pirate Central. A popular costume contest will follow the parade with an overall adult male and female winner named, as well as top three winners in three different children’s age groups.
Also on Saturday, a sold-out pirate cruise returns to shore about 5pm, followed by the Pirate Invasion Parade at 5:30pm. Shop with craft vendors all day and enjoy live entertainment featuring Dr. Rock & the Interns beginning at 7pm. Pirate Day wraps up with fireworks over the harbor, sponsored by Silver Slipper Casino at 9pm.
Budget Travel Magazine named “the Bay” one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" in 2013. Coastal Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis one of the top ten small beach towns in the country in 2010, and it was also named in the Official Best of Mississippi listing as the Best Pleasure Seekers Paradise in 2014.
The event is sponsored by Silver Slipper Casino, ABC Rental, Bayou Caddy Utility South, Rosetti’s Liquor Barrel, Vintage Lighthouse and Beacon Theaters.
Full details and the schedule can be found on the website www.MKOTSH.com. For advance tickets to the Pirate Pub Crawl, go to eventbrite.com/e/pirate-day-in-the-bay-tickets- 60034689372. For further information, call Dina Rosetti at (228) 216-6416 or Ginny Cabell at (601) 953-1972.