The 13th annual John Levique Pirate Days celebrates more than a decade of decadence while preparing its residents for hurricane season Friday through Sunday, May 9-11 in the surrounding area of 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach.
MADEIRA BEACH - The 13th annual John Levique Pirate Days celebrates more than a decade of decadence while preparing its residents for hurricane season on Friday through Sunday, May 9-11 in the surrounding area of 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach.
The event celebrates Leveque’s discovery of the John’s Pass waterway following the Great Gale of 1848.
Hours are Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The John’s Pass Village Association will host a variety of events throughout the weekend including a pirate’s ball, pirate sea battle and boat parade, a family treasure hunt, adults and children’s costume contests, a pub crawl and more.
The event will also include various pirate themed plunder…err...merchandise, food and beverage vendors, along with an abundance of authentic performers.
Step off the shuttle at the main entrance to Village Boulevard and enter a world of the past. Shop for nautical and pirate themed treasures and visit the Hurricane Expo sponsored by Lowes with loads of give-a-ways. Food and beverages will be available near the main stage, as well as at a wide selection of local restaurants.
Pirate themed musicians, comedy acts and other family friendly entertainment will be performing Village wide throughout the weekend.
Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at Madeira Beach Fundamental School at 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Additional pay parking is available within John's Pass Village, and along Gulf Blvd.
Although admission to the event is gratis, there is a suggested donation of a buck-an-ear to be donated to charity.
Smoker on the Water
New this year organizers will host a sunset Smoker on the Water. The event sponsored by Hubbard’s Sea Adventure and Mad Beach Craft Brewery features live entertainment by The Bawdy Boys and will depart Hubbard’s Marina promptly at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10. This bawdy, adults-only, hour and a half long adventure includes free beer or wine and two specialty cigars along with a sunset cruise along the Intercoastal Waterway of John’s Pass. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the gate. Tickets may be reserved online at www.JohnLeviquePirateDays.com.
The 13th annual Pirates Ball will take place in the Main Parking lot at John’s Pass Friday May 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. This bawdy, adults-only adventure and fundraiser features piratical entertainment with Sea Shanties and nautical songs. The adult costume contest will be judged at 9 p.m., with the victors receiving prizes donated by area merchants. Scores of fabulous treasures are being collected for the live and Chinese auctions. Tickets for the Pirates Ball are a $15 donation and include entry into the costume contest. Tickets may be reserved online at www.JohnLeviquePirateDays.com.
Family Treasure Hunt
The Family Treasure Hunt begins on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Village wide treasure hunt is by far, one of the event’s most popular activities. Families are given a map and a list of clues and are encouraged to dress in pirate garb. The goal is to find all of the spots on the treasure hunt to qualify for the grand prize drawing, valued at hundreds of dollars.
Participating merchants have donated a gift item for the grand prize and will provide a ‘trinket’ for each family on the treasure hunt as proof that they have found their “spot.” Treasure maps are limited to the first 500 families. All families who complete the hunt will be entered into the grand prize drawing, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11. The free treasure hunt begins and ends at The Alligator Attraction, 12995 Village Blvd, John’s Pass.
Additional Children’s Activities include face painting, craft projects and family-friendly entertainment. Some fees may apply. The Children’s Costume Contest will take place at 4 p.m. on May 10. Sponsored by Windworks, and co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches, every child will receive a prize, with several larger prizes being awarded to the best dressed! The costume contest is free and located at Windworks, 13009 Village Blvd, JPV. Pre-register by calling ahead at 727-320-9463.
The Boat Parade Committee has shanghaied ships from all ports to participate in the Boat Parade and Sea Battle. Groups loyal to John LeVique will include armadas from the Rough Riders, the Krewe of Conquistadors, and the Krewe of Neptune.
The Flotilla will set sail Saturday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. from just north of the Treasure Island Bridge and will continue past Eleanor Island before entering the battle zone in front of the Johns Pass Boardwalk at High Noon.
The Loyalists plan to surprise their foes by out-flanking them and engaging in a sea battle with plenty of water pistols, super soakers and black powder cannons. Behind the scenes, judges will be searching for boats that are, among other categories, the best decorated, liveliest, smallest, and have the wettest crews.
This event is environmentally friendly. No beads or balloons shall be thrown during the Sea Battle. This is a free fun-filled family adventure. Interested parties can request additional information by sending an email to Jlpdinvasion@yahoo.com or by contacting Commodore Terry Morehouse at 727-391-4016.
Pirates Pub Crawl
The 13th annual John’s Pass Pirates Pub Crawl is an adult’s only adventure. Tickets will include one complimentary adult beverage at each of the participating Pubs as well as a special edition Pub Crawl pass.
The Pub Crawl is leisurely and ongoing throughout the hours of the event, May 9-11. Each of the participating pubs will feature one free adult beverage, scheduled entertainment, give-a-ways, and specials throughout the weekend. A Limited number of Pub Crawl tickets are available for a $25 donation in or $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be reserved online at www.JohnLeviquePirateDays.com.
Gate tickets will be available at the Pirates Ball on Friday night or at the event information booth on Saturday until sold out. For those who have been out to sea too long and require a ride home, please call FreeBeachRide.com at 727-776-7533
The West Coast Mutineers are the featured performance group. They are a crew of specialized actors, actresses and re-enactors who design and rehearse their stunts for months before the show. They specialize in recreating an actual scene such as something one may have seen in The Golden Age of Piracy.
They bring period style encampments, authentic costuming and choreographed fight circles to the show each year. During the Fight Circles, and while taking a break from their vigorous routine, patrons can visit these talented performers at the West Coast Mutineers Encampment on the North end of Village Boulevard.
The event will feature a weekend full of musical entertainment by regional artists including The Craic Show, The Bawdy Boys, For Love or Money and more.
On Sunday, the show will close with a traditional Pub Sing at 5 p.m. on the main stage under the tent near the shuttle stop. The Pub sing brings together all of the entertainers who have performed throughout the weekend, so fans can hear them one last time until the following year.
The last shuttle sets sail at 6:30 p.m., so don’t miss the boat!