Give Us an 'Arrr!'
You don't need a pet parrot or a peg leg to talk like a pirate. On Sept. 19, everyone -- eye patch or not -- can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (http:/
"We tell people to eat barbecue pork, drink lots of rum and have a good time," says co-founder Mark Summers, aka Cap'n Slappy. "It's the one holiday where you can dress like a pirate and walk down the street and it's okay that people yell 'Arrr!' at you from their cars."
To celebrate TLPD, we've scoured the country and the Caribbean for pirate-themed events and activities. -- Andrea Sachs
FESTIVAL TALK: Towns around the country -- especially in Florida -- host pirate festivals that last from one day to a week or longer. One of the biggest bashes is the Pirates in Paradise Festival (305-296-9694, http:/
Need more? Visit Key West's Pirate Soul Museum (524 Front St., 305-292-1113, http:/
On the opposite coast, enjoy a full roster of entertainment at the Portland (Ore.) Pirate Festival (503-292-3418, http:/
For other pirate-themed festivals, see http:/
PIRATE HAUNTS: Track pirates along North Carolina's Outer Banks, which saw plenty of action by Blackbeard and his cohorts. At OBX's southern tip, board the free ferry to Ocracoke Island, where you can stay at the Blackbeard's Lodge (800-892-5314, http:/
Traveling south to Beaufort, N.C., see Blackbeard's House or take one of TourBeaufort.com's Blackbeard tours around the historic town (252-342-0715, http:/
At California's Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando ( http:/
In Las Vegas, pirates fit in as well as showgirls. For a Sin City spin, book a room at Treasure Island (800-288-7206, http:/
SHIPS AHOY: Take to the seas on a pirating adventure with any number of themed cruises. Lobster Tales in Plymouth, Mass., for example, sets the scene with a mystery involving a hidden treasure and a lobster pot, and a 44-foot vessel. Info: 508-746-5342, http:/
In Barbados, help raise the skull-and-crossbones flag of the Jolly Roger , a pirate-party tall ship that serves barrels of Pirate Punch and barbecue. For kicks, swing from the rope like a real-life swashbuckler or snorkel like a pirate on holiday. Info: http:/
For a longer ocean escapade, Whodunit Productions has paired with Royal Caribbean to create mystery cruises with pirate characters and bounties in the midst. The next week-long Mexican Riveria cruise departs Nov. 12 (from $582 per person double), when the Vision of the Seas sets sail from Los Angeles. Info: 661-297-3208, http:/