Cedar Key Pirate Invasion rescheduled for December

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By Sean Arnold

The Cedar Key Pirate Invasion was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

But Hurricane Irma, which arrived the Monday before the festival, spoiled those plans. Event organizers decided to postpone the event while millions around Florida remained without power and fuel and dealt with the storm’s aftermath.

The festival now has a new date, and it fall after hurricane season. The Fifth Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion will be held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.

“We are thankful that Cedar Key was spared this time around, unlike most of the rest of the state of Florida,” a public message from the organizers read. “We know the Pirate community is strong, and right now are out in force doing what we do – helping those who need it. We applaud you!

“The community of Cedar Key is very grateful for the help the Pirate community provided to get them back up and running so quickly last year after (Hurricane) Hermine. We know others will appreciate and benefit from all of the Pirate love again this year.”

The Weekend promises an impressive lineup of “entertainers, exotic food, and valuable wares from the far corners of the world,” attracting attendees from all over.

Pre-purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates. There were still a few tickets available as of Sept. 18.

This version of the event will also feature a tribute to the end of hurricane season, with a ceremonial burning of a hurricane flag.

“We want to thank the motel, hotel, and condo owners who were able work with as many of you as possible to re-arrange dates and secure refunds if necessary,” the event organizers’ wrote. “We look forward to raising a tankard with you all at the Parlay, toasting to new beginnings and lifelong friendships.”

More more information on the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, please see http://www.cedarkeypiratefest.com.