A pirate “welcome party” gathers on Beach Blvd. in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Friday before the pub crawl and scavenger hunt for the fifth annual Pirate Day in the Bay, hosted by the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse.

The buccaneers stormed ashore in droves at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor on Friday, “taking over” the city’s Old Town district for the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse's fifth annual Pirate Day in the Bay celebration.

"Everything has been just perfect," Donald Rafferty -- one of the krewe's founding members -- said Saturday. "The weather's beautiful and everybody's having a good time."

This year's Pirate Day parade was led by Queen Kay Kell and King Henry Winters.

The event actually kicked off Thursday, with a dinner hosted by the king and queen. The pirates symbolically "invaded" Old Town Bay St. Louis on Friday and "kidnapped" Rafferty, who was standing in as "The Mayor."

Festivities for the event included a "Lil' Buccaneers" parade for children; costume contests for all ages; a kids' zone with bounce houses and putt-putt golf; a pub crawl and scavenger hunt; live music; and the Pirate Day parade.

The Pirates were also treated to a two-hour cruise, courtesy of the Betsy Ann river boat.

The krewe wrapped up Saturday's events with a performance by Dr. Rock & the Interns and a fireworks display over the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor, sponsored by the Silver Slipper Casino.

Pirate Day is an annual fundraiser for the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, a volunteer organization that supports economic development in downtown Bay St. Louis.

Pirate Day was recently named a Top Twenty Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, chosen from events taking place across 12 southern states.

For more, go to mkotsh.com or check out the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse Facebook page.

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