It’s not often a whole city gets involved in ‘make-believe’ to foster healthy imaginations but Port Adelaide does, over one swashbuckling weekend in September. The Pirates of Port Adelaide Festival is a free family event and, this year, aims to break the record for the world’s largest gathering of pirates - currently 14,231 held by Hastings UK since 2012.
In case you haven’t noticed, Port Adelaide is THE place to be if you’re a pirate. The city has 2 Tall Ships, a ghost ship, a Maritime Museum and lots of hidden treasure. It’s also the perfect place for kids to imagine the thrill of adventures on the high seas and for families to dress up and unleash their inner pirate.
“A world record–breaking attendance target needs a great deal of marketing and promotion, and that costs money”, says Festival Organiser Cath Duncan. “We want all South Australians to experience the joy and adventure of thousands of pirates gathering in one fantastic place for a mighty Yarr!”
A Pirate crowd-funding campaign has been established and offers pirate pledge rewards including a custom tattoo design by Kelly McKinnon from Black Diamond Tattoo, One and All Tall Ship day sail, your pirate name a Jolly Roger hoisted in the mainstreet of Port Adelaide, family passes to the SA Maritime Museum and a variety of button badges, bandanas and tees.
“Our target of $6000 will pay for a media campaign that will lure Pirates to X marks the spot at the Pirates of Port Adelaide Festival, being held over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September.”
The Pirates of Port Adelaide Festival is a community event in its 4th year and attracts in excess of 10,000 visitors for the Kids Treasure Hunt fun activities and the After-Dark adult Scavenger Hunt.
For more information about the Pirates of Port Adelaide World Record Challenge contact
For more information about the Pirates of Port Adelaide Festival and images of previous years’ Festivals visit the Pirates website and facebook page.
Cap'n Larry Porter
My friends cheekily call me a pirate because, in the past, I captained a number of vessels in the Gulf. From that vantage point, all sailors know that all routes lead Port Adelaide and there be the treasure. Yarr!