Thursday, June 3, 2010

Look in to kick off your summer in a right way, then plan to attend John Levique Pirate Days! Stop by my booth and say HI! I must see my new line of pirate soap and bath accessories.

Pirates Plan to Pillage John’s Pass Village and Prepare for Hurricane Season at The 9th Annual John Levique Pirate Days!
John’s Pass Village Association

MADEIRA BEACH/TREASURE ISLAND, FL--- Pirates Plan to Pillage John’s Pass Village and Prepare for Hurricane Season at The Ninth Annual John Levique Pirate Days. The event celebrates Leveque’s discovery of the John’s Pass waterway following the Great Gale of ‘48 and prepares its residents for hurricane season, while raising funds for The Florida Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Fund on June 11th through 13th, 2010. 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 street parade, a family treasure hunt, adults and children’s costume contests, and more. The event will also include various pirate themed merchandise, food and beverage vendors, along with an abundance of performers. Although admission to the event is free, other proceeds will be donated to the Florida Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Fund.

The Ninth Annual Pirates Ball will take place at The Holiday Isles Elks Lodge# 1912, on Friday June 11th, from 7 pm to 11pm. The planning committee is very excited about the brand new scenic and spacious venue! This adult only adventure and fundraiser will feature Piratatical entertainment by The Brigands, a music minded group from New York who perform Sea Shanties and nautical tunes along with lore and fact from the Golden Age of Piracy. The adults costume contest will be judged at 10 pm, with the winners receiving prizes valued at thousands of dollars donated by area merchants. Scores of fabulous gifts have been collected for the silent auction which opens at 7 pm and closes at 10:30 pm. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Florida Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization whose goal is to build a proper memorial to honor the hundreds of courageous souls that have vanished at sea. For more information on The Florida Fisherman Lost at Sea Memorial Fund, please visit
Tickets for the Ball are a $10 donation to enter and $5 for a meal ticket. The Holiday Isles Elks Lodge #1912 is located at 1411 E. Parsley Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708.
For more information about the Pirates Ball, please call 727-393-8230.

The John Levique weekend events kick off at 10 am on Saturday, June 12th. FREE Parking at Madeira Beach Fundamental School will alleviate the congestion in John’s Pass Village and a FREE shuttle from the school to the Village will be provided by St. Pete Duck Tours and the Parrots of the Caribbean amphibious boat. Hop off the shuttle at the main entrance to Village Boulevard and inspect the nautical and pirate themed Vendors and the Hurricane Expo sponsored by Lowes with loads of give-a-ways! Main stage performances by The Brigands, Rusty Cutlass, Captain’s of The Devils Triangle, Pirate Tales, ARRR, Ink, Travelers Hold, Troupe Sahirnee, The Cincy Pirates and The Bawdy Boys are scheduled through out the weekend to entertain young and old. Food and Beverages will be available near the main stage, as well as even more hurricane expo give-a-ways. The Florida Blood Mobile will once again be on site saving lives and collecting Blood Donations. Generous donors who donate twice in two months will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Carnival Cruise!

The Family Treasure Hunt begins at Del Sol on Saturday, June 12th, 10am to 6pm and continues 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 13th. The Village Wide treasure hunt is by far, one of the events 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 in order 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 Del Sol at 4:15 pm on Sunday, June 13th. Del Sol is located at 13011 Village Boulevard, Madeira Beach.

Additional Children’s Activities include Mr. Monty’s Toy emporium at Triangle Park. Children of all ages will be entertained with crafts, face painting and pirate entertainers including ARRR, Ink, Travelers Hold, Troupe Sahirnee and Captain Tut’s Pirate Parrots. Period wooden toys will also be available for purchase. Windworks sponsors The Children’s Costume Contest that will take place at 4:15 pm on Saturday June 12th. All participants will receive a prize, with several larger prizes being awarded to the best of the best! Don’t miss the Pirates Dunk Tank…Douse those daunting Pirates and watch them descend to the bottom of the tank!

The Boat Parade Committee has shanghaied ships from all ports to participate in this years Boat Parade and Sea Battle. The pre-parade party begins at the Holiday Isles Elks Lodge at 10am on Saturday, June 12th. The Flotilla will set sail at 11am and continue past Eleanor Island before it enters the battle zone and out-flanks its foes at High Noon at the Boardwalk. There, the participants will engage in a ship invasion and sea battle with plenty of water pistols and black powder cannon! Behind the scenes, judges will be searching for the best decorated boats. Later that night at 8 pm, an awards ceremony will be held at Hub’s Raw Bar & Tavern awarding the most decorated and lively boats their Prizes. Entertainment will be provided by Terry & The Pirates. Interested parties should attend the Captain’s Party ...err Meeting…at Hub’s Raw Bar & Tavern on Thursday June 10th at 6 pm, for details and judging numbers. The Boat Parade is environmentally friendly. No beads or balloons shall be thrown in the Sea Battle. For more information, contact Commodore Terry Morehouse at 813-244-0056.

The Street Parade will take place on Sunday, June 13th at 1 pm. A pre-parade Party will congregate at 11am at Gator’s Café & Saloon on Treasure Island. Area Businesses are invited to decorate their vehicles and enter the parade. The parade will leave Gators promptly at 1 pm and cross the new John’s Pass Bridge, entering the Village at 129th Ave E. Pirate ships, decorated vehicles and other specimens will travel onto John’s Way, head east on Boardwalk Place, west on 129th then disperses at the entrance to Village Boulevard. View the parade and collect beads and booty along the way. Interested parties please contact Mike Wyckoff at 727-642-6621.

The Pirates Pub Crawl is an adult’s only adventure. Tickets will include one FREE alcoholic beverage at each of the 11 participating Pubs (to date…) as well as a special edition Pub Crawl t-shirt, which will not be sold separately. The Pub Crawl is leisurely and on going throughout the hours of the event. Each of the participating pubs will have entertainment, give-a-ways, and specials throughout the weekend. Pubs on board to date are the Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill, Cuban Paradise Cigar & Café, De Losa’s Pizzeria, Don’s Dock, Hub’s Raw Bar & Tavern, Gators Café & Saloon, The Hut, Rock’n Coconut, The Pirates Doubloon, Sportsman’s Saloon and Vino Florida. A Limited number of Pub Crawl tickets are available for a $25 donation and may be purchased at the Pirates Ball on Friday night or at the Event Information booth on Saturday until sold out. Jimmy’s FREE Beach Rides is available for transportation to and from Gator’s Café & Saloon. For those who have been out to sea too long and require a ride home, please call Jimmy’s FREE Beach Rides at 727-217-6935

A Rock The Dock Party will take place at Don’s Dock featuring local talent, including High Tide Mirage, Sunrise Community Dancers, Scottie & Kyle, Thrown Alive, The Tiki Kings, Sun Drummers & Friends, Resinated, Unmotivated, Bleu Gravy, Steve Arvey, Laxalos & The Apaches, and The Rocking Chair Band. This an awesome spot to watch both parades as well as the fantastic line up of performers scheduled for your enjoyment. Enjoy the view and the Music at Don’s Dock on the East End of the Boardwalk!

The West Coast Mutineers are the featured performance group. They are a collection 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. This year promises to be the “best year ever”! Their scheduled performances include the infamous Fight Circle at The West Coast Mutineers Encampment taking place at 1:15 on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday, The Bar Brawl at Hubs Tavern & Raw Bar takes place at 3:30 pm on both days, and NEW this year they will feature a Beach Brawl on the Beach near Hubbard’s Marina taking place at 4:30 pm each day. The Beach Brawl promises to blow everyone away with the piratechnologoy, they have created to pull this one off! The Best view for the Bar and Beach Brawls will be from the West end of the Boardwalk overlooking John’s Pass. During the Fight Circle, 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 show ends at dusk on Saturday with a spectacular Fire Show performed by Bohemian Fire. Bohemian Fire is a unique group of Fire Performers who provide a high quality routine, specializing in Fire with all measures of fiery tools including fans, Hula Hoops, swords, ropes, and whips, as well as Fire eating and Fire Breathing. Onlookers are invited to be amazed at dusk on Saturday at the West Coast Mutineers Encampment. On Sunday, the show will close with a traditional Pub Sing at 5 pm on the Main Stage near the Duck Boat Shuttle. 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 pm, so don’t miss the boat!

John Levique Pirate Days is an annual event that takes place on the second weekend in June each year. The event is organized by the John’s Pass Village Association and SIK Promotions. John’s Pass Festivals could not be made possible without the support of our fine sponsors, including but not limited to; The City of Madeira Beach, Bright House Networks, St. Petersburg Times, Wake Up! with Doug Kosarek, Travel Resort Services, Lowes, West Coast Insurance, Barefoot Beach Hotel, BeachLife, Vicinity Realty, Pirates of The Treasure Coast, Pirates Magazine, Gulf Scapes Magazine, Pirates Dinner Adventure Theatre, Paradise News, Black Beard’s Cakes, Express Music, Go Locals Only, Holiday Isles Elks Lodge 1912, VFW Post 4256, Silverleaf Designs, The Florida Winery and all of the John’s Pass Village Merchants who participate in the festivities.

Plan to Pillage John’s Pass Village and Prepare for Hurricane Season at The Ninth Annual John Levique Pirate Days, June 11-13, 2010, located in the surrounding area of 150 John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. 727-393-8230

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