Our mission has grown in the years since starting NOLA Pyrate Week…
As “Pyrates Of The New World”, our initial Mission was to promote awareness and attention to the city of New Orleans – still recovering from the effects of the “Federal Flood” during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (for more information about this visit levees.org).
Our mission has grown – logically – to include the rest of Louisiana; from the Bayous in the south (without them, New Orleans would not exist and all of Louisiana’s culture & history will be washed out to sea), to the Prairies in the west (where Sugar Cane, Cotton, Rice & Crawfish are the main crops). We strive to combine the best elements of volunteerism, fund raising events, New Orleans & Louisiana culture and, of course, Pyrates! NOLA Pyrate Week participants get involved by volunteering their time and talents with programs aiding the communities of New Orleans. All the while enjoying the hospitality, culture, charm, and excitement of this great City! Many local individuals, Krewes and business establishments in New Orleans have joined in with their enthusiasm and eagerness to showcase the culture, history and beauty of their beloved city!
NOLA Pyrate Week is organized by people who believe in the Dirty Coast mantra; “Be A New Orleanian Wherever You Are” – folks who love New Orleans and it’s culture (this is why so many people in New Orleans are not originally from New Orleans, or even Louisiana – and why people from New Orleans who have moved elsewhere always keep in touch with the city). The two primary organizers of NOLA Pyrate Week travel from Canada each year, collaborating with their mates who live in the State – without this combined effort, these 10 days wouldn’t be as special as they are! Of course it takes most of the year to plan and create, but it’s all about spreading the love (and awareness) for the City of New Orleans, the State o’ Louisiana, it’s culture and it’s people to a worldwide audience!
Through volunteering, we help promote & support organizations like lowernine.org, The Green Project, NOLa Rising, Gulf Restoration Network, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), Villalobos Rescue Center, ARC and many others – and the tremendous tasks they all manage on a daily basis. In addition, we always support/promote artists, musicians, chefs, writers, pubs, restaurants, historic locations…and everything related to history & culture!
We hold fund raising events to help create awareness and support different organizations/causes. The event/organizers do not profit from this event (of course we’re always willing to parley with a sponsor or two to help cover expenses and expand the event). In addition to the many individuals who help out, we are grateful to city organizations such as the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, the NOPD, the local media (radio, TV, press) and everyone who believes in what we are doing!
Transportation to and from New Orleans and accommodation will be up to everyone who comes to participate in NOLA Pyrate Week – though we will assist in referring ye to some great deals where we’re able.
There are opportunities for both local and visiting Artists, Artisans and Merchants to exhibit and sell during the one day “Pyrate Market” (a tradition largely founded by Jean Laffite) – promoted throughout New Orleans and beyond. Many entertainers and venues have come on board – keep up with the events by joining the email list.
Come be a part of the Pyratical adventures during NOLA Pyrate Week…bring yer mates – and make new ones!