Landlocked Louisville is not the first place you’d expect to find a gathering of scurvy sea dogs but for the second year in a row the Kentucky Pirate Festival has dropped anchor in the Portland neighborhood. Landlovers and seafarers alike flocked to the Tim Faulkner Gallery outside of downtown Louisville on February 3rd to experience a taste of the pirate life.
The festival is part- pirate comicon, part- flea market and part- music festival making sure there is something fun and entertaining to experience for all ages. The biggest attractions of the event is the crowning of the notorious and infamous Pirate of the Year. A coveted title, Pirate of the Year is about more than just looking the part. The cumulative contest features challenges such as walking like a pirate, seducing like a pirate and giving commands like a captain to name just a few choices that might be assigned by the judges. While is sounds easy the contest is very intensive with up 20 buccaneers vying for the crown.
If you want to casually experience the spectacle you’re also in for a treat. The pirate market sells all types of swag and trinkets that would please even the most discerning plunder, it is however recommended you pay (pirates have surprisingly good security). The Faulkner Gallery also has two side stages which feature local bands, belly dancers, fire eaters and more throughout the day. The next Kentucky Pirate Festival will take place in February 2019.
For more information visit kypiratefest.com