The City of Fort Walton Beach Prepares for the Annual Siege from Captain Billy Bowlegs and his Pirate Krewe on June 1st and 2nd

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For over 50 years, the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival has captured the hearts and minds of young and old alike by providing good ole fashioned fun for the whole family. ResortQuest Northwest Florida offers area visitors a large selection of Fort Walton Beach Vacation Rentals conveniently located near the festival site.

On June 1st and 2nd hundreds of area residents and visitors will once again enjoy the fun and antics of the annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival at the Landing in Fort Walton Beach. After a day of rest, the festivities continue on the evening of June 4th, with an 8:00pm Torchlight Parade. The festival, now celebrating its 52nd year, is sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber, The City of Fort Walton Beach, Krewe of Bowlegs and several local businesses. Additional information about the festival is available through the Chamber at 850-244-8191.

The festivities begin at the Fort Walton Beach Landing on Friday at 3:00pm with live entertainment continuing until 10:00pm. At 7:00pm Captain Billy Bowlegs and his Pirate Krewe will sail into the Fort Walton Beach Landing under a flag of truce to negotiate control of the city with the Mayor. After a brief skirmish, the Mayor will turn Captain Billy and his Krewe away and visitors will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. The activities continue on Saturday from 10:00am - 10:00pm. Late Saturday afternoon, the Billy Bowlegs' Armada again returns to the Fort Walton Beach Landing to take on the City Militia in a mock battle. Although Captain Billy's record stands at 51 wins and 0 losses, the Mayor and his brave Militia are not about to give up control of the city without a fight and it's reported that they have a secret weapon in store for Captain Billy and his Krewe. In addition to pirate antics and live entertainment, the festival also boasts a Treasure Hunt and Torchlight Parade where visitors vie for some "bounty" of their own.

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