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Pirate Weekend in Palmyra starts on 8/9

Historic Palmyra’s Pirates of the Erie Canal invade the Village and Port of Palmyra, New York during the seventh annual Palmyra Pirate Weekend, August 9-10, 2013, bearing a boatload of family-friendly fun for all ages. Bed racing, 5K race, Pirate Kazoo Band Parade, children’s treasure hunt, canal trail tours, Historic Palmyra pirate tales and museum tours are just a few of the exciting events featured in this year’s celebration of Palmyra’s canal connection. The Pillage ‘N the Village Bed Race Regatta returns, streaking straight through the heart of the historic Main Street business district. Five-person pirate crews will compete head-to-head against other speedy scallywags and scoundrels for a cash prize and other awards. Pirates of all rank–the ranker, the better–are welcome to enlist, with local service, community organizations, and businesses expected to round out the racing field. Race applications, information, and complete racing bed specifications are available online now at www.eriecanalpirates.com.The Grand Pirate Kazoo Band and Parade also returns to the streets immediately preceding all of the bed race action. An official engraved Pirates of the Erie Canal Kazoo with lanyard, available for purchase on Friday, August 9, during the annual Palmyra Pirate Weekend kick-off event, a free outdoor screening of the modern classic pirate adventure The Goonies, is your ticket to join the fun. Bed racers will be pressed into parade service as they are escorted–and serenaded—up Main Street towards the Pillage ‘N the Village starting line near the Village Park.This year’s Grand Parade will be lead by Fleet Admirals Dave and Sue Nussbaumer, life-long Palmyra residents celebrating fifty years of wedded bliss! Dave, former Palmyra Village Mayor and current Town Councilman, recently received state recognition for many years of volunteer work.The Jolly Roger 5K run/jog/walk returns for a third great year with a certified 5K Erie Canal course. This event raises funds for Pal-Mac High School’s award winning Select Choir, who enjoy a demanding concert schedule and a European Tour every third year.Late Breaking News! The Canal Schooner Lois McClure returns to the Port of Palmyra during Palmyra Pirate Weekend. This 88-foot canal boat’s first visit to Palmyra helped launch Palmyra Pirate Weekend seven years ago. She will be docking sometime late afternoon on Saturday, August 10, with public tours available on Sunday, August 11 from 10am to 5pm.Other highlights of Palmyra Pirate Weekend 2013 include:* FREE Movie in the Park – The Goonies (1985, PG), Friday, Aug. 10, at dusk in the Palmyra Village Park * Palmyra Pirates’ Shopping Bazaar at the Marina* Music by: The Renegades Fife & Drums, Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings, and more* Pirate Puppy Parade and Captain Kid’s Games, featuring stories, pirate games, activities, and booty for all* Rum tasting, music and festival food at the Palmyra American Legion Post* Historic Palmyra museum tours, Pirate’s Cove, and pirate tales with Bloody Mary* Treasure Trail Canal Walk* And much, much more!About Palmyra Pirate Weekend. Palmyra Pirate Weekend is a family-friendly, experiential festival intended to showcase Palmyra, New York, the Queen of Canal Towns. The visit of the Lois McClure to the Port of Palmyra Marina in August, 2007 was the first wind in the sails for Palmyra Pirate Weekend, yet this grassroots event has grown by the hard work of some creative and talented people who have long recognized Palmyra as the perfect place to live, work, and play.Please visit http://www.eriecanalpirates.com for more information

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