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Mayor Purzycki Invites Citizens to Attend the 5th Annual Wilmington Pirate Festival on Saturday, June 29

Post Date:06/21/2019 11:30 AM

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s FREE festival provides pirate-themed family fun along the Christina River with more pirates than ever before

Mayor Mike Purzycki today joined with Cathy Parsells, Executive Director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, to encourage citizens to grab their pirate gear and bring the family out to the 5th annual Wilmington Pirate Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The FREE festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Copeland Maritime Center, located at 1124 East 7th Street on Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront. Admission and parking are free, with fees for some activities.pirate 2019 1

Pirate crews and reenactors are landing at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard in Wilmington.

“Now in its fifth year, the Wilmington Pirate Festival is a wonderful event that has become one of the highlights of Wilmington’s summer festival season,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation does such great work in honoring and preserving Wilmington’s heritage, and this festival brings together families from across the City to the Seventh Street Peninsula to enjoy themselves along the beautiful Christina River. I look forward to this occasion each year and can’t wait to see all of the pirate fans next Saturday.”
The Saturday, June 29 day of pirate-filled family fun will feature Pirate Tours of the full-scale replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware, complete with a crew of friendly pirates and deckhands.  Authentic pirate experiences have been arranged by Pirates Plunder Entertainment INC, a nonprofit group of reenactors specializing in the Golden Age of Piracy. These include a “sword school,” cannon drills, and an encampment featuring period games, demonstrations and more by the likes of the Loose Cannon Company, Skull Duggery, Pirates of Fortunes Folly and the 1st Delaware Regiment.  Live music will be supplied by the infamous pirate band, Brigands, as well as the roving musicians of Bedlum Bones. 
Lady pirate Anne Bonny is the namesake of the Copeland Maritime Center where kids will discover hands-on activities including sail hoisting, model boat building, blacksmith demonstrations, and more.  Pirate crafts including treasure chests, scrimshaw candles, message-in-a-bottle, and foam swords plus face painting, pirate vendors and artisans are all part of the festivities. Fort Christina Park will feature Black Bart’s Games of Chance and Skill, including the Swedish game of Kubbe, gangplank races, and more.
“The Wilmington Pirate Festival is made possible by the support or our lead sponsors Discover, ShopRite, and Diamond State Recycling as well as the hard work of our volunteer program and committee,” explains Executive Director Parsells.  “We are grateful for additional support from Diver Chevrolet, the City of Wilmington, Pivot Occupational Health, Christiana Care Health System, Susan & Scott Johnson, Cathy and Richard Julian, and Wawa.” 
Food will be provided in William Dampier’s Pirate Pantry of food trucks, and cold beer by the Twin Lakes Brewing Co. will be on tap at Calico Jack’s Cask & Keg.
Parking is FREE and available on the 7th Street Peninsula by the 7th Street Skate Park with a shuttle taking guests to and from the festivities. Additional free parking locations and details will be announced on the website and
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s volunteer Pirate Festival committee is seeking additional volunteers and sponsors to support activities throughout the day.  To learn more, visit or
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all. The Foundation is a volunteer-based organization that built, owns, and operates the Kalmar Nyckel. The Tall Ship of Delaware is a present-day reproduction of the flagship from the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.
Launched in 1997, Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform that offers people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based recreational and educational experiences. The Foundation also serves as a catalyst for social and economic development and outreach in and beyond the state of Delaware. For more information on Kalmar Nyckel sails, tours, charters, educational programs, volunteer opportunities and its home berth at the Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center visit, call (302) 429-7447 and follow us on Facebook. Online tickets for sails can be purchased

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    Pirate fans of all ages toured the ship at the 2018 Wilmington Pirate Festival.

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    Cutthroat Cortez and his Pirates of the Approaching Storm bring “sword school” to the Wilmington                Pirate Festival.

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