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A Complete Recap of PiratePalooza 19

PiratePalooza 19 was one of our best ever - look at the size of this opening crowd!

Here’s our recap of PiratePalooza 19!! This year’s event was on Saturday, September 23rd, in the City of Decatarrrr.  This year, PiratePalooza was devoted entirely to the pub crawl, providing our traditional performers a well-deserved vacation. We welcome all of you who joined us in the sacking of the city and invite you to join us again next year for our 20th Anniversary!

Please check out the album of photos by Karen Grayson! (click here)


PiratePalooza: The Legend of the Ghost Pirate

The 19th Annual PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing will take place this year on September 23rd! This year we remember the Legend of the Ghost Pirate, who has long watched over the seas of Japan. Ghost Pirate will be commemorated in this year’s shirt, the design for which we are revealing today!

In the small coastal village of Mizu no Kuni, nestled between rugged cliffs and the vast expanse of the sea, whispers of a legendary figure had circulated for generations. The Japanese Ghost Pirate was said to haunt these waters, an enigmatic specter that emerged from the depths to reclaim lost treasures and wreak havoc upon those who dared to cross his path.

On a stormy evening, a young fisherman named Hiro found himself alone at sea, his boat battered by the fierce winds and crashing waves. As the tempest raged, he glimpsed an eerie silhouette on the horizon, a ship with tattered sails gliding effortlessly through the tumultuous waters. Fear washed over Hiro as he knew the tales, and the chilling realization struck him – the Ghost Pirate had come for him.

As the phantom vessel approached, Hiro’s heart pounded in his chest. But to his surprise, instead of a malevolent crew of undead sailors, a solitary figure emerged from the mist. The Ghost Pirate was unlike any other pirate Hiro had imagined. Tall and imposing, he wore a ragged kimono and had a weathered, solemn expression.

With a resonant voice, the Ghost Pirate spoke, “Why do you brave these treacherous seas, young one? Turn back before it’s too late.”

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A Complete Recap of PiratePalooza 18

This is a recap of PiratePalooza 18, created to encapsulate the events of the day, because those who attended have no memory of what actually happened.

PiratePalooza 18 took place on September 17th, 2022 in Decatur, Georgia

The 18th running of the PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing happened on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, in the City of Decatarrrr.  PiratePalooza 18 represented a festive return to live-action piracy, following the long, strange period that included Curse of the Commodore (PP2020) and Grog Quest (PP2021).

There were many smiles to be seen at PiratePalooza 18, though not as many teeth.

This year marked the arrival of fresh pirates, many from the shores of Newcastle. We welcome all of you who joined us in the sacking of the city and hope that you will consider joining us once again in Septembarrrr of 2023 (final date to be announced).

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Commemorative PiratePalooza Mutiny Pin

Exciting News! To memorialize this year’s PiratePalooza Pubsing & Pubcrawl, Captain Drew has commissioned a very special commemorative PiratePalooza Mutiny pin. The pin features the PiratePalooza Mutiny logo in shiny red enamel with silver details.

These limited edition 1-inch wide pins with magnetic-backing will be available for $10 each in person.

We only made 100 of these pins, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Next week we’ll announce online ordering instructions, if any stock remains.

Captain Drew will be able to accept PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, and the real $10 Bill app.

No more than 5 of the commemorative PiratePalooza Mutiny pin per customer, please.

Please don’t ask us how Captain Drew will be able to sell these trinkets while he is being held prisoner.

It’s easier not to ask too many questions, honestly.


The PiratePalooza 18 Mutiny on September 17th

The PiratePalooza 18 Mutiny Seal against a rum-splattered parchment

Rumors are swirling over at the PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing! An unexpected office meeting by the crew has resulted in PiratePalooza 18 moving its date to September 17th. While some sailors (who have teeth) described the meeting as a “collective bargaining agreement”, other sailors (who do not have teeth) have assured our reporters that this is in fact “The PiratePalooza 18 MUTINY“.

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PiratePalooza Grog Quest!

Grog Quest 2021

This year, that rangy pirate of yore, Israel Hands, has dipped into a dangerous den of pirates to assemble a most daring raid upon the City of Decatarrrr in search of the Commodore’s legendary Golden Grog – join us for PiratePalooza Grog Quest!

The 2021 edition of the PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing takes place on September 18th and has been split into two halves for Grog Quest, to accommodate ALL our pirate fans! For those who feel comfortable we’ll have an in-person pub crawl. Those who plan to stay aboard their ship can watch a virtual pub sing at 8pm. Shirts are now on sale until September 28th (click here!)

Here’s the schedule our cutthroat crew will follow:

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Twain’s
  • 2:45pm – 4:00pm – The Brick Store
  • 4:05pm – 5:00pm – Virginia Reel (on the Plaza)
  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm – O’Sullivan’s
  • 6:00pm – ???? – Salsa Dancing on the Square!

Live musical acts include members of Landloch’d, the Barehead Bards, The Long and Short of It, Tenpenny Travelers, Toucan Dubh, and Old Silk Road!

Don’t miss PiratePalooza on September 18th of 2021! Be sure to follow us @PiratePalooza on Facebook for more!


PiratePalooza 2020 is Happening!

Captain Drew was furious when he found out that his organizing committee had cancelled the 2020 edition of the PiratePalooza PubCrawl & PubSing due to the Curse of the Commodore, so he screamed “PiratePalooza 2020 is Happening!” and then fired them all.

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Curse of the Commodore!

“I did not know that any man could suffer such pain!” cried the Commodore as he lay dying from wounds Bainbridge had delivered in their duel that fine March morning. It would become the second most famous duel in American history, and Commodore Steven Decatur. It would also become the origin of the Curse of the Commodore…

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2019 Pirate Music Lineup

The 2019 PiratePalooza Music LIneup

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day 2019!!! 

Last night a meeting was held between the Minstrels League of Greater Newcastle, Haverbrook, Lower Shasta, Upper Shasta, Dingle’s Hollow, and West Shelbyville. Up for discussion at the meeting was an idea for new marching uniforms (Diego), a motion to disallow further motions (J. Minstrel), and an impassioned speech by a masked bandit who demanded that a few minstrels should be assigned to perform at the 15th Annual running of the pirates at PiratePalooza™.

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2019 PiratePalooza Schedule

2019 PiratePalooza Schedule graphic

This is the complete schedule for the 15th Annual PiratePalooza Pubcrawl & Pubsing, to be held on Saturday, Septembarrrr 21st, 2019 – Captains: share it with your crews!

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! The world has been on FIRE all month and temperatures will be slightly decreased 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 for the next few days. This means DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, not hooch or sodas or teas or salves or unguents!! Squeeze some limes into it, what do we care? If you don’t have water but DO have a lime be sure to yell out “I GOT A LIME!!!”. But hydrate, okay???!!

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