Space Pirates Condemn Ted Cruz

Captain Drew of Space Pirates Condemns Ted Cruz

This evening The Association of Space Pirates of the Greater Magellanic Cloud and Associated Regions (“The Space Pirates”) released a statement to condemning allegations by Earth Senator Ted Cruz for “slandering our business practices” and “suggesting that we eat liver, blecch!!”.

The current King of the Space Pirates, Captain Drew, agreed to meet with one of our reporters on the condition that we buy him a plate full of hotdogs at the historic fast food restaurant The Varsity – a decision we would soon regret…

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Renaissance Festivals Prepare for Onslaught of Starbucks Cup Wielding Nerds

Georgia Renaissance Festival Starbucks

Concern began to quietly spread throughout America’s burgeoning Renaissance Festival network on Monday, following the latest revelation that a Starbucks cup had been spotted during a celebration scene in the latest episode of HBO’s immensely popular sword and sorcery series Game of Thrones.

National Renaissance Festival Experts are concerned that hundreds of be-caffeinated playtrons may soon descend upon active faires across the country this weekend, waving Starbucks’ iconic (and deliciously anachronistic) white and green paper cups over their heads, bursting with pride at their own cleverness.

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King Drew Fever Grips Newcastle

Abandon All Hope
Poster artwork by John Leake

Shortly after Noon on Saturday, April 14th, Captain Drew casually announced to a group of sea pirates gathered at the Tavern Upon the Hill in Newcastle that he had just decided to “run for King”. This was received with much more enthusiasm than his last plan to dig for treasure in a privy.

Captain Drew Declares Candidacy for King

The Captain named his longtime rival Billy Bones as his running mate, cementing Newcastle’s once-fractured Pirate Party into a formidable voting bloc.

The growing list of the Captain’s campaign promises include:

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How to Win a Fight at a Renaissance Festival (part 1)

(Photo by Dean Ansley of The Guy Behind the Camera)

First of all, if you have half a brain you would know that you should never, ever, plan to get into a fight at your local Renaissance Festival. It’s just a bad idea all the way around, Charlie.

Besides all of the obvious reasons for a person to avoid getting into a fight at any Renaissance Festival (broken teeth, forfeiture of Renfest Patron license, court costs), there are other less obvious reasons.

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2018 Billy Bones Grog-Off in Tybee

2018 Billy Bones Grog-Off Tybee Island Georgia

Bon Vivant and recent dance-off loser Billy Bones returned to Tybee Island, Georgia, last weekend to host the 3rd edition of his wildly popular grog competition on the occasion of the 14th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival.  This year Billy’s event took place at the Tybee Beach Pier & Pavilion, to the sound of crashing waves and the shriek of deranged nightgulls circling the crowd of drunken pirates. Defying expectations, Billy was in fact not completely drunk this year, which meant that he remembered to broadcast the proceedings live on Facebook! Continue Reading

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PiratePalooza 2018: Buccaneer Invasion!

The 2018 PiratePalooza Pubcrawl Wrap-up

We celebrated the 14th anniversary of PiratePalooza™ on Septembarrrr the 22nd of 2018. This be my account of that adventure, accompanied by photos by Karen Grayson. All of Karen’s photos are available in an album here. – Captain Drew

The pirates who made it ashore first were greeted by the unexpected sight of a new façade on Mr. Twain’s house of ale and billiards. So fresh was this new façade in fact that it was still under construction! We were all forced to slip into that old boozing ken by the side door.

To our surprise the big wall of windows facing toward downtown Decatarrrr was blocked by a wall of wooden planks, which made the place as dark as Continue Reading

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2018 PiratePalooza Schedule

2018 PiratePalooza Schedule

This is the complete schedule for the 14th Annual PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing, to be held on Saturday, Septembarrrr 22nd, 2018 – Captains: share it with your crews!

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! The first weekend of Autumn will be warm, with temperatures easing up into the low 90s by the time we challenge the Commodore on the square!! Grog and Ale and Porter and Rum can sneak up on you if you ain’t careful, so be sure to HYDRATE these next two days. That means DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!! Put some limes in it if it’s stinkwater. If you don’t have water but DO have a lime yell out “I GOT A LIME!!!”. Just hydrate, okay???!!

IMPORTANT: The only substantial changes from last year’s run will happen at our last stop, Communion. This year Communion is a football-watching destination during the day, so don’t be surprised to see a few televisions on with the game on when you arrive.  The PubSing will not begin until the Clemson vs Georgia Tech game has ended (or until Captain Joe with Revival/Communion gives us the high sign to begin) – this is estimated to be around 6:30pm.  The outside tiki bar is due some renovations and until it has been repaired that area will remain closed and has been closed off, so food all food drinks will be available from the red food truck.

Pirates are also free to go inside of Revival to order drinks from the bar but are requested to avoid attempting to shanghai the lubbers dining inside. Last call is at 9:30pm.

We will have security at the final stop, so please be on your best behavior and report anything unusual immediately.  As with Renaissance festivals and other period events we have a “no bare steel” policy – all edged weapons must remain in their scabbards at all times.

If you are not into the concert at Communion feel free to visit any number of our other destination pubs. (Twain’s is only two doors up the street and has become one of the unofficial after party destinations for attendees of PiratePalooza, so you might start there if you still have wind in your sails).

Designated Drivers

Be a Designated Driver!

We LOVE designated drivers and so should you. It’s way too easy to get a safe ride home these days, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Help keep an eye out for pirates that shouldn’t be driving and don’t be afraid to say something. Read more about Designated Drivers here.

 

Official Shirt Pickup / Shipping

Jolly Palooza Shirt

This year’s shirts will be hot off the press on Saturday night, and all of those who pre-ordered will be able to pick up their shirts at at our last stop, Communion.  People who paid for shipping should begin receiving shipping notifications beginning next week! Thanks to our sponsors for helping to defray the cost of shirt production!  Depending on our schedule we may have remainder shirts from previous Paloozas available for purchase.  A small number of shirts have been ordered to cover walk-up sales.

 

Parking

Decatarrrr actually has quite a good bit of parking scattered around the square (see high-resolution Decatur Parking PDF c.2016). Some lots are reserved for restaurants, some are pay lots, and some locations are free on weekends. Please do not park in the lot at our last stop, Communion, as it is valet-only and reserved for patrons of the restaurant Revival. Continue Reading

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2018 PiratePalooza Musical Lineup

2018 PiratePalooza Musician Lineup

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day 2018!!!  This morning Captain Drew held a press conference before a judge at the DeKalb Courthouse  to announce the musical lineup for the 14th Annual PiratePalooza PubCrawl & PubSing.  Most everyone in attendance remarked of the eloquence of the Captain’s speech.  His court appointed attorney expressed surprise that her client “wasted” his appeal for drunk and disorderly conduct to promote Continue Reading

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Meet Your 2018 PiratePalooza™ T-Shirt Sponsors

A graphic showing the logos of the 2018 Shirt Sponsors

A great big HUZZAH for the sponsors of the 2018 PiratePalooza™ T-Shirts!!  We deeply appreciate your financial assistance in making the 2018 Jolly PiratePalooza t-shirts affordable for our attendees. Please help us in recognizing each of these companies!!! Keep reading for find out more about this year’s sponsors… Continue Reading

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Jolly Palooza Shirts Now Available for Pre-Order

Jolly Palooza Shirt

The 14th Annual PiratePalooza™ Pubcrawl & Pubsing shirts are now available for pre-order from the PiratePalooza Gear page (direct link). For the first time in our history Captain Drew’s iconic PiratePalooza™ StarSkull Sigil has been given crossbones! This “Jolly Palooza” design will be ‘burned’ into the shirt fabric, providing the softest Palooza shirt ever and bound to be one of our most collectible designs!

Order Yours Today!!

Important Note for mobile users: To avoid issues with the Facebook app’s built-in browser be sure to visit the PiratePalooza Gear page directly from a standard web browser (examples: Safari for iPhone users, Chrome for Android users).  Simply type in  www.piratepalooza.com/gear and proceed as usual. Continue Reading

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