So if there’s ever been a reason to scram down the 710 Freeway and hit the sand in Long Beach, this weekend’s Belmont Pier Pirate Invasion is it. Basically this is a weekend of entertainment, food, and fun filled with pirates, dancing, impromptu squeezebox serenades, pirates, wenches, boozing, pirates, family attractions, treasure hunts, pirates, and also pirates and some wenches.
Black powder presentations
Sword fights & pirate battles
Parade of pirates
Pirate ship attacks on the pier
Pirate costume contest
Pirate booty arts & crafts booths
Belly and fire dancers
Authentic pirate encampments
Kids’ treasure hunt
Food, grog and rum on Belmont Pier
Feature Band: The Dread Crew of Oddwood
If you’re really, really lucky you might catch a glimpse of Captain Jack Sparrow… haha just kidding you’ll actually run into roughly a thousand Sparrows, in various stages of belligerence.
Here are some highlights from a couple years ago:
Did I mention that the kids at Long Beach State and Long Beach City College turn this into a big party down on 2nd Street? These young ‘uns know how to throw a fiesta. You’ll see them rolling up and down the block in festive regalia, flourishing skull ‘n’ bones flags, wielding mighty flagons of grog, seizing stray booty, and basically going nuts. Order a “Shoot the Root” at any bar in Belmont if you want to fit in just like a local, pound it in one toss or a swashbuckler might run ye through.
Admission is FREE! Food, beverages, and all kinds of merchandise are for sale. Check out the website for complete schedule and event information.