Alert: Westbound Boone Bridge Closed
Sunday, Sept 25 (I-64/40)!
If you are planning to come to Pirate Fest on Sunday, September 25 from east of the Missouri River, be aware that the I-64 / Hwy 40 bridge will be closed for inspection. Plan to take I-70 as an alternative.
Tortuga, 1690 and the Pirates are at it again!
Autumn has come to the Caribbean Islands – cooler winds have begun to blow, coconuts have fallen from the palms, and the delicate leaves of the island’s trees have begun to change. It’s also the time of year when a Pirate’s fancy turns to ... well, booty. But when does a pirate not fancy some booty? Treasure that is ... Spanish Gold. Too much law and order on the Island of Martinique has forced the crew of the St. Louis Pirate Fest to sail to the Island of Tortuga where Pirates are Pirates and the Military is scarce. True to the Island’s history, the Fest ground has been divided into “Quarters,” each controlled by Pirates and Islanders of different nationalities. This allows for peaceful coexistence among the inhabitants of each nation. And if you believe that, you’ve been drinking too much rum!
It’s business as usual on the island of Tortuga, and – considering the primary business on the island is Piracy – business is booming. The morning, they say, belongs to the honest folk, probably because Pirates aren’t known to rise early. But don’t be surprised if a battle or two between rival Pirate Crews breaks out here or thar. The smart money might be on the Pirate Card Championship taking place at the English Fort, with Captains Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, "Calico Jack" Rackham, Mary Reed, and "Red Legs" Greaves at the fore. When those scallywags get together, things get exciting!
Win Prizes for Best Period Appropriate Attire
3:00 Children's Costume Contest at The Barkadeer Stage
4:15 Adult Costume Contest (21 and over only) at the Dead Parrot Pub
Kids, learn from experts how to be a pirate!
1:30 & 4 p.m. at the Queen Anne's Revenge Stage.
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2011 St. Louis Pirate Fest
Visitors to Tortuga have more to look forward to than just … well ... booty. Why, from the moment you set foot on our sands your senses will be assaulted by the sights and sounds...and smells...of the Spanish Main’s most notorious island destination. Peruse the Island’s many merchants who bring you treasures from the New and Old Worlds. Taste the sumptuous victuals and nectars of our native cultures. Marvel at sights rarely seen in civilized society. Thrill to entertainers who have played the world. You will find wonders around every corner. There is one thing of which you can be certain when you visit this Pirate sanctuary – sparks will fly, steel will clash, and black powder will go boom, which is sure to result in a good time for all! Arrgh!
So whether you’re a French, Spanish, English, Dutch or just plain old American Pirate, join us this September for three weekends of singing, shopping, eating, drinking and good ol’ carousing at the 2011 St. Louis Pirate Fest.