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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