Pirates, folk music, food, cannon fire and — a pirate bunny?
These were among the many highlights of the first full day of Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze in Westport.
The weather was hot and spirits were high as the festival, put on for the first year by Westport’s own Half Moon Bay Pirates, featured plenty of pirates and yes, a pirate bunny, perched on the shoulder of Philio Heralk of Puyallup.
There was plenty for the kids to do, with the return of Scallywag Alley, full of fun activities for youngsters.
The Columbia River Association of Pirates, or the “C.R.A.P. Crew” as they are known, was a big hit with the kids as they recruited new crew members. Each recruit was given a pirate name based on their own name, got their first day’s pay (a collector doubloon), their “bling” (a beaded necklace), and a certificate authenticating their entry into the pirate life.
Kids of all ages enjoyed the taffy and beads thrown upon them by Paula’s Porch Pirates, taking up their usual spot above Sea Bird Gifts and Candy on Westhaven Drive, in the center of the action.
The festival started Friday and ran through Sunday afternoon, ending with the parade.
For highlights from the whole weekend, check out the Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze public Facebook group page, facebook.com/groups/1429058113997979. For more on the festival and the Half Moon Bay Pirates, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/halfmoonbaypirates.