Welcome to the official website for NOLA Pyrate Week – THE Pyratical celebration of culture, art, food & entertainment in New Orleans. Join us as we rebuild, renew and rise up!
NOLA Pyrate Week happens every spring at about the same time…last weekend o’ March to the first weekend o’ April – in and around New Orleans and the Bayous o’ South Louisiana!
…Dates for 2014 (our Sixth Annual) are Fri. March 28 to Sun. April 6…
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NOLA Pyrate Week – Take what ye can, GIVE something back!™
Spike El Pirata, QM Seika Hellbound, Buccaneer Rick Theriot in Pirates Alley
A hearty “THANK YE” to all the Crew, Artisans, Restaurants, Riders and Visitors who attended, promoted & supported the 6th Annual NOLA Pyrate Week (and 2nd Annual Houma Pyrate Day) – a grand time was had by all!
The week started with our usual gathering at Pirates Alley Café – and our genial hosts Thais ‘La Reina del Callejón’ Solano and Tony ‘Mr. Cadillac’ Seville treating our ragged band o’ adventurers as if they were royalty! Thais & Tony have been strong supporters o’ both NOLA Pyrate Week AND those we seek to aid; this year making a generous donation to Keep Terrebonne Beautiful.
A stroll through St. Louis Cemeteries #1 & #2 with ‘Admiral’ Charles Duffy III (New Orleans Krewe Of Pirates - for which we were made ‘Captians” o’ the Great Lakes North Krewe!) uncovers some mysteries – and creates others – while the tomb o’ Pyrate Dominique Youx is easy to find in #2, the resting place o’ Pyrate& “Architect o’ New Orleans”, Barthelemy Lafon (in #1) is still a mystery; though we have an idea where it should be, there are many tombs uncared from and missing faceplates (with names). Lafon is a relation to Capt. Swallow – who interestingly enough found many other relations to his family, including one which is likely a closer relation to Lafon (Pépin – many Lafon ancestors were also dit Pépin). A cool drink at The Upper Quarter (where our Master Gunner, Mr. Irish, manages) wraps a fine day in the sun!
O’ course the highlight o’ the first weekend was the Pyrate Wedding o’ Ms. ‘Cherokee’ Jenny Dubs and Mr. Edward ‘Doc’ Maggio – both on the account from Long Island, New York! They and their jolly crew we’re joined by a fine group o’ Pyratical witnesses and the knot was tied by none other than QM Seika Hellbound! Musical accompaniment was kindly provided by members o’ The Whiskey Bay Rovers and Pirates Alley Café provided tasty treats and bountiful beverages!
In the week, we travelled to the Bayous o’ Barataria, to The Town Of Jean Lafitte (by invitation o’ third generation Mayor Timothy P. Kerner – charming fellow), to visit their new Museum & Wetlands Study Center. Accompanied by Thais, Tony & our crewmate Dawn ‘Sure Shot’ Carl (Geneologist, Historian & Photographer). A beautiful spot that is still growing (they are currently constructing a Visual Arts & Conference Center); we thoroughly enjoyed our visit – and discovered Jean Lafiitte…hiding in a Museum closet!
Of course the adventures didn’t end there…more photos and fun to follow!
Sunday the 30th o’ March, in the year Two Thousand & Fourteen we declare the binding o’ Ms. Cherokee Jenny Dubs & Master Edward ‘Doc’ Lawless. Ceremony officiated by QM Seika Hellbound, consecrated by Capt. John Swallow. At two bells past noon in Pirates Alley, gather ye all and be witness – and drink a toast to the happy couple!
But first…we eat! Join us for brunch 11am, Croissant d’ Or on Ursulines St., on the River side o’ Royal…fine French pastry, bread, brioche, sandwich, soup, coffee and more!
Join us for an historical tour o’ two New Orleans cemeteries (St. Louis 1 & 2).
Tombs include important crew members o’ Jean Laffite, the (in)famous Voodoo practitioner ‘Dr. John’ (for whom Mac Rebenac named himself)…and more! Lead by our good mate (and Admiral from the New Orleans Krewe of Pirates), Charles Duffy III.
Time: Sat. Mar. 29, Noon
Meet: 3 Legged Dog, 400 Burgundy at Conti.
Avast ye scalawags! We’ve just added our mate Jennifer Raven to our Merchants Market in Houma. Why is that important, ye ask? Because she is artisan & proprietor o’ Red Paw Leather – creators o’ all manner o’ accoutrements. Baldrics, belts, wrapped tankards, arm bracers…all beautifully hand tooled!
Thunder Roads Magazine (Louisiana) is joining us for our Second Annual Houma Pyrate Day as a Fund Raising Sponsor. As it happens, Ms. Renee who runs the Louisiana chapter o’ this National Magazine is originally from Houma and maintains close ties to her Bayou Community!
Thunder Roads in partnership with Street Survivors (a Louisiana 501c3 dedicated to fund raising efforts) are very Community minded – raising funds for local causes in and around Louisiana, so joining Pyrates to help out Keep Terrebonne Beautiful wasn’t much of a stretch! Thunder Roads Magazine is distributed to Motorcycle enthusiasts across the nation – and one thing these folks love to do is, RIDE. To that end, Ms. Renee has organized a Poker Run stopping at a lucky 7 locations before arriving at the Downtown Marina to join the celebrations.
For the uninitiated, a Poker Run involves a large group of Motorcycle enthusiasts who gather together and ride to 5 to 7 stops and draw for poker chips. At the end of the ride they “play” their final hand – best hand or worst hand will get a cash prize! Ye do not need to have a motorcycle to participate, and you can draw your whole 7 card hand at the event in Houma if you would rather not make the ride to the other six stops – however most riders go to all 7 stops to enjoy the ride!
Thunder Roads & Street Survivors will have a large space at Houma Pyrate Day and are donating funds from T-Shirt sales and Registrations to Keep Terrebonne Beautiful.