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Pirate Day in the Bay

Pirates took over downtown Bay St. Louis (Image Source: WLOX News) Pirates took over downtown Bay St. Louis (Image Source: WLOX News)
A paddy wagon made its way through the streets (Image Source: WLOX News) A paddy wagon made its way through the streets (Image Source: WLOX News)
Almost everyone got into character with a costume (Image Source: WLOX News) Almost everyone got into character with a costume (Image Source: WLOX News)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Downtown Bay St. Louis was overrun with buccaneers of all ages for the first ever, Pirate Day in the Bay. The two day event officially started Friday night when the pirates “arrested” the mayor, but Saturday he attempted to regain control of the city.

“I've been removed from power here for a day or so, but the plan is to take the city back tonight and see if we can't get Long Beard to spend the time that he needs in jail,” said Mayor Fillingame.

Mayor Fillingame was released from jail, only to do an interview about the first ever Pirate day in the Bay. An event, people of all ages seemed to be enjoying.

“We decided to get in the spirit of Pirate Day in the Bay, and it's been fun. It's hot, but it's been fun,” said Jeremy Anderson.

From the hats to the boots, people from all over the coast were having fun at the pirate street party. There were plenty of activities for children even if they weren't necessarily pirate themed.

“I think it's good. I think it fits into the culture of what we have here on the coast, and it's a good new activity. I hope it grows over the years. It's just fun to come out and be a pirate for a day,” said Anderson.

Mayor Fillingame says pirates actually have some history in the bay.

“We ended up having Pirates Day in honor of the pirates association with the locals back in the days of the battle of Bay St. Louis 200 years ago,” said Mayor Fillingame.

The event also welcomed a couple of pirate themed Mardi Gras Krewes from Florida and Louisiana. Councilwoman Wendy McDonald believes events like this help to showcase what old town Bay St. Louis has to offer.

“Our idea is to bring people to Bay St. Louis who might not normally come down for a second Saturday or any Saturday, get people out and about and expose them to the restaurants and experiences we have in downtown Bay St. Louis,” said McDonald.

Pirate Day wrapped up with a fireworks show on the beachfront at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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