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July 10, 2013

Pyrates prepared

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — OLCOTT — Ye Pyrate Brotherhood is on deck to entertain and shiver ye timbers at the Olcott Pirate Festival which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Krull Park.

The free weekend event has been sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co. since 1999. The festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday. The hours on Saturday are noon to midnight. It goes from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The fest includes rides, food, music, car show and live entertainment. The parade, which begins at noon on Saturday, will have 35 groups.

Parade watchers are encouraged to dress up in pirate costumes and catch a bounty of beads. Kids will go after the candy. 

"We invite them to make all kinds of noise. We're a rowdy bunch," said Brian Miller, the president of the Olcott Volunteer Fire Co. Miller is not concerned with the weather. 

"It's always a  nice cool breeze, always perfect for pirates," according to Miller. "There's nothing better than sunny Olcott Beach."

The third annual wnycruiser.com Pirate Festival Car show goes from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m., on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Olcott Fire Dept. The cost to enter cars is $10 for preregistering, and $12 the day of the show. There are awards for the top show cars.

Music will be  provided by DJ the Dee Jay and there are 50/50 raffles.

Janice Spagnola's Family Magic Puppet show will be live on stage at the Tom Kelley Rustic Theater at Carousel Park on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Oldcott invited a different group of re-enactors this year. Ye Pyrate Brotherhood was founded over a decade ago by men and women who had the idea to bring historical, educational and theatrical entertainment to people in the form of a 17th century reenactment group. The Brotherhood has dedicated itself to recreating a feel for The Golden Age of Piracy and seeks to inform people about the truth behind the myths of piracy.

With the motto, “All Pirates Share Equally” the crew makes charitable work a top priority and the Brotherhood has a history of aiding local communities.

The parade begins on Route 18 and proceeds Lockport Street to Main Street to Krull Park. There is parking on the streets and in the park.