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Belmar’s Pirate Walk Dominates Downtown with Swashbuckling Action, Treasure Hunting Fun

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The Valhallas Pirates present lively re-enactments of sword fights and other amusing antics during Belmar’s second annual Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Enjoying a sweet treat outside Sweat Tease Tea Room during Belmar’s Pirate Walk is 3-year-old Quinlan Sheridan of Point Pleasant. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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In addition to singing sea shanties, the Sea Dogs brought a unique collection of artifacts from a bygone era. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Dorothy Perretti of Dot Your Face creates a jeweled flower for Audrey Stout, 5, of Belmar during the second annual Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Members of the Schooner Pursuit Historical Society play a game of Gluckshaus, a once-popular German dice game, during Belmar’s Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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From left, Reilley Andre, 10, of Bayonne, Sebastian Morton, 4, Scarlett Morton, 12, and Josephina Trotta, 12, all of Belmar, claim their treasure at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts during the Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Matthew Flammia, 7, and his sister, Emma Flammia, 4, both of Ocean grab a box of popcorn from under the Belmar Historical Society’s tent during the Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Tonianne Ferrari of Belmar and her 4-year-old daughter, Isabella Oates, make a stop at Main Street Donuts during the Pirate Walk. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Some 20 Belmar businesses donated prizes to the Belmar Pirate Walk’s gift auction. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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BELMAR, NJ — Pirates playfully plundered Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza yesterday for an afternoon of swashbuckling shenanigans and showmanship that did not disappoint.

Belmar’s second annual Pirate Walk took over the downtown shopping district on June 10, with several regionally recognized privateer groups entertaining some 200 people who gathered throughout the three-hour event.

Grabbing the attention of both adults and children alike, the Valhallas Pirates presented lively re-enactments of sword fights and other amusing antics, making sure to engage young buccaneers in any way they could, as cameras captured the action-packed moments.

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When the Sea Dogs weren’t singing traditional sea shanties, they were showcasing for the curious among the crowd a unique collection of artifacts from a bygone era.

And dressed in traditional garb of the American Revolution, members of the Schooner Pursuit Historical Society explained its mission to restore Pursuit, a 1770s’ glass-bottom wood schooner, which it hopes to bring back to the Delaware River from its current location in St. Augustine, Fla.

Also as part of the festivities in the plaza, located at Main Street and Ninth Avenue, Belmar Historical Society members served up fresh popcorn, and Dorothy Perretti of Dot Your Face in Belmar did her face-painting magic on enthusiastic lads and lasses.

The Pirate Walk also featured a treasure hunt for children, who visited 22 businesses throughout the Belmar’s central shopping district and on Ocean Avenue to collect their prizes. And for adults, there was a free gift auction with some 20 prizes donated by Belmar merchants.

Sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership, the event was coordinated by Pat Tecza, chairperson of its retail programs committee and owner of Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing at 903 Main Street.

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