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A Pirate’s Life Is For Thee

piratefest.jpgYarrrrrrrrr! Strap on that eye patch, plop a parrot on your shoulder, and get set for some swashbuckling! Follow the dilapidated, yellowed map and sail on over to The Pirate Festival at the X-marks-the-spot location of Fort York. This historic site will be transformed into the uncharted Caribbean island of Torontuga, an 18th-century village where real life pirates display authentic pirate antics. A shipload of pirates shall be a mighty impressive crew.
With enumerable sea shanties to be sung, you’ll surely walk away with a year’s worth of pirate repertoire. Experience genuine pirate mischief, pirate comedy, pirate crafts, and an exotic bird exhibit featuring friendly parrots. Why do these pirates with parrots emerge on merely several days per year? Don’t all landlubbing Torontonians enjoy the grace, charm, and feistiness of pirates year-round?
Just one of the festival’s highly anticipated entertainers is Saffron Finch (a.k.a. Rob Williams), who will make bologna sandwiches to a captivated and drooling audience. These sandwiches will be foot-made (not handmade) before your very own eyes. Mister Finch proudly holds the Guinness World Record for making a bologna sandwich with his feet. We’ve never known pirates to undertake such feats of wacky cheffing but he’s obviously from the new age of pirating.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! There’ll be drinking galore, take a swig and then one more!
Piratey good times will take place this weekend as well as September 1–3 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Fort York (100 Garrison Road). Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Wee children pirates ages 3 and under can sneak in for free. The special bologna sandwich man will be making an exclusive appearance this weekend only. A magical, drunken Night Of Jolly Rogering will happen on August 25 and an additional magical, drunken night (Under The Rainbow Flag!) shall be held on September 1. Each of these magical and drunken evenings are exclusive to adults at the cost of $10 ($25 for daytime admission plus nighttime fun).
Photo from last year’s Pirate Festival by Karen Whaley from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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