In June of 1995, while playing raquetball, the now “Pirate Guys” started giving encouragement to each other in pirate slang.
Anyway, whoever let out the first “Arrr!” started something. One thing led to another. “That be a fine cannonade,” one said, to be followed by “Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!” and other such helpful phrases.
For seven years they celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day pretty much on their own, with our friend Brian Rhodes. One day in early 2002, John chanced upon Dave Barry’s e-mail address. The first e-mail introduced them, and told him about their great idea — Talk Like a Pirate Day. They knew he wouldn’t be able to resist. Then They offered him the only thing they had, the chance to be official national spokesman for the event. The nationally syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning writer of “distinguished commentary” became convinced of the great potential of such a holiday. Or maybe he had run out of fresh column ideas and didn’t want to do another one on toilet training his infant daughter. Either way, he had written the column. Here is the complete story of How It All Started.
On the Pirate Guys website they have How To Talk Like a Pirate, Pirate Personality Test, Pirate Advice and so much more. Check out there site to find out anything and everything you could ever want to know about pirates.
All over the country you will find Pirate Festivals running this weekend, with great music, dancing, and Pirate costumes galore. Get your pirate booty out there to the nearest Festival, and take the kids, they will love it.