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The Pirates are coming, the Pirates are coming!

I nearly forgot that this is the weekend locals celebrate (mostly with spirits) the invasion of Fort Walton Beach by the notorious and charming Billy Bowlegs.


The invasion of the pirate fleet will be reinacted Saturday afternoon. This is a social highlight of any season here and there is fierce competition to become the Billy Bowlegs for each year.

Needless to say, we've known quite a few folks who've been Billy Bowlegs and his Pirate Queen. Still, not our scene.

We did join the flotilla one year and were nearly sunk by drunken boaters. We stay well away now. Although I will admit the water balloon fights were fun.