Monday, May 26, 2008

Not All Pirates Are Scallywags

FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Not all pirates are jewel-stealing scallywags.

The 53rd Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival sets sail on June 5 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, where the infamous pirate set up camp after escaping a Spanish prison.

This year’s festivities will include a treasure hunt in which wenches and scoundrels search for two prized silver coins worth $2,500, and a ball that will have buccaneers shaking their booties.

The festival also wants to set the record straight on pirate stereotypes.

Event spokesperson Gail Waller explains, “Traditionally, pirates are not very good people. But we say that ours are Jack Sparrow kind of pirates, and are pretty good. They’re not all bad guys.”

Waller says no one worries too much about the bad influence the thieving hellraisers of the high seas may have on the kiddies, but does see how out-of-town folk may be confused.

She jokes, “I could see people coming here and thinking, ‘Whoa! What did I do, go back in time?’”

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