BELMAR, NJ — High seas adventure and swashbuckling action will take over Belmar’s downtown district next Saturday, June 15 for the third annual Pirate Walk.
Back by popular demand will be two regionally recognized groups that will entertain attendees with glimpses into the golden age of piracy — the Valhallas Pirates, which will engage the crowd with its lively re-enactments of sword fights and other amusing antics, and the Sea Dogs, a musical group that offers performances of traditional sea shanties and other whimsical songs of the sea.
Also making an encore appearance will be the Schooner Pursuit Historical Society, a group of historical interpreters who are starting a living history museum about the privateers during the Revolutionary War.
Sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP), the event will also feature a free treasure hunt for pirates up to age 10, a free gift auction for adults, face painting by Dot Your Face Children’s Entertainment and other activities, with details to be announced as they become available.
And for the first time, there will be a costume contest for lads and lasses of all ages. Prizes will be awarded to boys and girls separately in the following age categories: up to 5 years old, 6- to 8-year-olds, 9- to 12-year-olds and 13- to 16-year-olds. There also will be top honors for best adult couple and best family or group.
Throughout the event, to be held from noon to 4 p.m., participating Belmar businesses in the downtown district, as well as on Route 71 and along Ocean Avenue, will be offering specials for landlubbers and salty dogs alike.
“We are pleased to once again bring this family event to Belmar,” said event coordinator Pat Tecza, chairperson of the BBP promotions committee and owner of Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing at 903 Main Street. “While two of the region’s most popular pirate groups are returning for their third year, we are introducing our costume contest as a way to get everyone in the spirit for this afternoon of pirate fun."
Free registration kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at Pyanoe Plaza, situated at Main Street and Ninth Avenue, which will serve as the hub for the day’s activities. Rain date is Sunday, June 2.
For more information, contact BBP, the nonprofit corporation that manages the borough’s Special Improvement District, at email@example.com or 732-894-9022.
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