Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day, Fremantle
Talk Like a Pirate Day, Fremantle

Fremantle’s Esplanade Park was overrun by pirates on Sunday for the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day event, which drew crowds despite unpredictable weather.

Even a severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology couldn’t keep pirates of all ages from participating in sword fighting and medieval music.

The event, which is in its second year, was hosted by the West Australian Medieval Alliance in conjunction with the Duyfken Project and the WA Museum Shipwreck Galleries.

Medieval and historical groups from around Perth were invited to set up stalls, and all group members arrived in costume and pirate attitudes to match.

WA Medieval Alliance president Steve Osborne said events such as Pirate Day and Renaissance fairs had gained more recognition with the rising popularity of movies such as The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean.

“If the weather had been better it would be a bigger day. But, as it stands, there are a lot of people here that look like they’re enjoying themselves, so we’ve succeeded,” Mr Osborne said.

“We ran it last year for the first time in Kings Square in Fremantle, and it was just a great, fun day.

“It’s a really lovely thing, where all of these different groups of people and organisations have come together in the one spot to put on a bit of a fun event for the public.”

Groups that attended the event included historical groups House Darksun and Circle of the Sword, as well as the WA Craft Bookbinders Guild, medieval musicians and pirate costume-makers.

Those with stalls struggled to keep their wares from blowing away or getting soaked by scattered showers.

Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by Americans John Baur and Mark Summers, who marked September 19 as a day when everybody should talk like pirates.

The WA Medieval Alliance plans to host the WA event again next year.

More information on the WA Medieval Alliance and the event can be found here: WA Medieval Alliance

This article kindly provided by ECU journalist student Jessica Allia. Original is online with the ECU Daily.