The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 62or thereabouts- Jan. 23, 2009
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The Poopdeck

238 Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today's Inspirational Quote:
"My heroes weren't presidents, they were pirates." Jimmy Buffett

In This Issue:

Gasparilla is Fast Approaching

Start planning yesterday. If you're anywhere near the Southeastern U.S. in early February don't miss the granddaddy of all pirate festivals - Gasparilla.

They've been celebrating this great pirate festival down in Tampa since 1904. That makes it 105 years old by my reckoning (which might be off, my CPA license stands for Cutthroat Pirate Association.)

On Feb. 7 there'll be an invasion of pirates from the tall ship Jose Gaspar at the Tampa waterfront, followed by all manner of of wonderfully exciting piratey deeds. It's lots of fun for the whole family - especially if you're a pirate family!

To find out all about it, go to our links page --

-- and follow the link to the Gasparilla Web site. It looks like there'll be a grand party of the prate folk.


Other Upcoming Festivals

While you're at the links page, check out these other pirate festivals slated for the late winter and early spring. As Cap'n Slappy says, "We love all pirates." And as I say, "A long weekend away from work playing pirate is better than almost any other way you can spend your time." Granted, that's a little long for a slogan, and if ye tried to tattoo it on yer forearm you'd run out of skin, but it's true nonetheless.

New Orleans Pirate Week

From March 28 to April 5 pirates will be hanging out in downtown New Orleans and - if you can believe it - doing some good! Following the motto, "Take What Ye Want ... Give Something Back," these pirates will be actually helping in the rebuilding of New Orleans. And hanging around, drinking, swapping lies -- I mean, enhancing legends -- and generally getting into trouble as only pirates can.

Actually this one's not on our links page as I write this, because the Web Wench has gotten herself so busy she doesn't have time to take names when she kicks ass. It'll get there soon, I have no doubt, but in the meantime you can visit their Web site at


PyrateCon is a major pirate party, also in New Orleans. In fact, the two events overlap slightly. But there's nothing I know of that says you can't do both, or at least try! If anyone can attend two parties at once, it'd be a pirate.

This year's Pyrate Con theme is "The Search for Lafite's Ghost." From April 3 through 5 pirates will cavort in the heart of New Orleans' Bourbon Street. Check out their Web site at

The next three are all on our links page. Visit to find their sites and get all the details.

  • Fells Point Pirate Festival, celebrating Baltimore's pirate past. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18th.
  • Corpus Christi Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, Texas. Buccaneer Days be celebrated from April 23 through May 3.
  • 51st Annual Contraband Days Festival, Lake Charles, Louisiana. April 29 through May 10.

These all look like great doings to us and though we're not currently planning to attend, if we get the right offer we'll be happy to be there!

But with that said, let me echo Cap'n Slappy and say that here at, we love ALL pirates and hope whether you're in New Orleans or Baltimore, or sitting at home on yer couch watching your DVD of "Pirates of the Great Salt Lake" (one of my favorite Christmas presents last month!) that ye have a grand time, swaggering, knocking back the grog and just generally making an ass of yourself. Neptune knows that's what WE'LL be doing!


And what's the BEST pirate holiday?

Just so no one forgets, International Talk Like a Pirate Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, this year. But of course you know that. With it being a Saturday this year, that's three times the opportunity to have fun and kick up your heels in a pirate-like way! So start planning now!

Visit our Web site,, for all the background on the holiday, to prepare for this year's celebration, to see how people have partied like pirates the last few years, have a few laughs and to (here comes the commercial plug) visit our online store or links to our books so you can celebrate in style and help support us in the style we hope to become accustomed to.

Until next time, smooth sailing, matey!

Ol' Chumbucket


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