This is the first time we’ve been to Eastport’s Pirate Festival. It is quite a bash and is a much bigger and better attended affair than last weekend’s Salmon Festival. There are dozens of activities and easily ten times as many people as there were at the Salmon Festival. Our campground was only about a third full on Friday morning and by Friday evening it was completely full. We got to the Festival about 11 AM on Saturday and by noontime the streets were packed with people.
Water Street, which is pretty much Eastport’s Main Street, was blocked off at both ends. People were parked everywhere for blocks away and the police were rapidly putting up no parking signs along the street we drove in on. We were fortunate to find a spot on the town dock and only had to walk a block or so. It was foggy and on the windy side when we first got there and we were glad we brought light jackets with us. The sun came out by early afternoon though, and it warmed up comfortably.
The sailing ship HMS Bounty (the replica built for the movie) was at one of the town docks. Most of the downtown businesses participated by decorating their storefronts to a piratical theme. When we got there there was a duo playing pirate songs on a stage that had been erected on the harbor side of the street. Later, another group was playing down by the harbor.