For the 12th consecutive year, pirates from Brevard County gathered for their annual pirate costume party. On Saturday night, the pirates danced the night away, at Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill, located in Port Canaveral.
The party has been hosted at a few different locations, including the Cocoa Beach Pier, but this was the first year the pirates came together at the Port and party-goers had nothing to say but positive things about their new party location.
The Pirates at the Port party included a buffet, entertainment, drinks and prizes for those who came dressed in their best pirate apparel. Many of the pirates who attended this event have been coming every year, since the first Pirates at the Pier party.
Alan Frisher, from Melbourne, has been to all 12 pirate parties. Frisher said the party has changed a lot since the first, but more people show up each year and the event has only become more entertaining.
“Better band, better music and really good food are what make this party better than all the others,” Frisher says. Frisher said his favorite part about the pirate party is the belly dancers and the band.
Most of the pirates have been attending the party since day one, but for John Trainor, from Long Island, this was his first time attending the annual pirate party. Trainor said what he enjoyed most about the party was everyone’s elaborate pirate costumes.
“I like that everyone is wearing costumes and I think that is a great idea, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to prepare and dress up. I normally only dress up around Halloween time,” Trainor said, dressed in normal clothing paired with a pirate hat and dreads.
One of the crowd favorites, at the pirate party, was the belly dancers. This year, belly dancer Angela, from Brazil, charmed the crowd with her fluid dance moves. This was Angela’s first time performing at the pirate party and she said she couldn’t have had more fun.
Angela heard of the annual pirate party from her friend, who used to dance at the party but was not able to make it this year. “I’m very glad I am here tonight, everyone is so nice,” Angela said.
Even though, this was Fishlips’ first time hosting the pirate party, everyone seemed extremely excited to be there and impressed with how well the food tasted and how great the service was.
“Fishlips is a great venue, they have been treating us phenomenally and so far everything is looking really good,” Frisher said.
The core group of pirates has stayed the same throughout the years and more pirates join the party every year. Residents of Brevard County look forward to the annual Pirates and the Port party every year because of its unique theme and people.
Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer