Pirate captains searched for the ultimate voyage companion by testing the sea legs of giraffes and the loyalty of guinea pigs before settling for the relationship advice and shoulder massages offered by parrots. Find your own seaworthy friend with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get admission to Pyrate Fest 2010 (a $10 value for adults, a $7 value for seniors 60 and older and children ages 6–12), to be held on Sunday, September 19, at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis.
Pyrate Fest 2010 will serve as the ultimate celebration of the 16th-annual Talk Like a Pirate Day, a cherished American tradition. Sunday’s schedule includes rousing sea chanties with Pepe the Pyrate, a black-powder cannon demonstration with Sir Smitty, Celtic fiddle performances, and hearty bouts of peg-leg shuffling. Bring out your black beards, blue beards, and sequined bandanas for the Pyrate Parade, followed by costume competitions for children and adults, a tête-à-tête pirate-lingo-slinging contest, and a pelvis-shaking, plank-walking pirate Elvis impersonator challenge.
A variety of sea and landlubbing merchants will be on hand to hawk beautiful leathercraft, metal workings, pirate garb, miracle scurvy-curing beverages, and tasty salty sea dogs. There will be drinks of the rabble-rousing and simply hydrating variety, as well as a pirate playship for young buccaneers. Cancel plans to raid, pillage, and loot the local shopping mall's fountain and instead opt for safer maritime mischief with Pyrate Fest 2010.