Come and get your pirate on, at the pirate’s ball, pirate sea battle and boat parade, walking parade, family treasure hunt, costume contests, pub crawl and more at John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach, Florida. The John’s Pass Village Association will host a variety of exciting pirate-themed events throughout the weekend of May 9 through May 11, 2014, for The 13th Annual John LeVique Pirate Days.
The 13th Annual John LeVique Pirate Days
John's Pass Village, 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708
May 9 through May 11, 2014 - Most events are free
Hours for the event are:
Friday, 3 -11 pm,
Saturday 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
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This family-friendly annual festival takes place in May each year. The festival will include art, merchandise, food and beverage vendors, and an abundance of authentic performers. Admission to the event is free for everyone, but there is a suggested donation of a "buck-an-ear" to be donated to charity.
Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at Madeira Beach Fundamental School at 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Additional pay parking is available within John's Pass Village, and along Gulf Blvd.
The event has historical significance, as it celebrates John Leveque’s discovery of the John’s Pass waterway, following the Great Gale of 1848. When you step off the shuttle at the main entrance to Village Boulevard, you will enter a world of the past.
Things to see and do.....
Shop for nautical and pirate themed treasures and visit the Hurricane Expo sponsored by Lowes with loads of give-a-ways!
Eat and drink food and beverages, available near the main stage, as well as at a wide selection of local restaurants.
Be entertained by pirate themed musicians, comedy acts and other family-friendly performers throughout the village during the weekend.
The 13th Annual Pirates Ball
Friday May 9, from 7 pm to 11 pm, in the Main Parking lot at John’s Pass
Tickets for the Pirates Ball are a $10 donation and include entry into the costume contest.
Reserve your tickets online.
This bawdy, adults only adventure and fundraiser will feature piratical entertainment with Sea Shanties and nautical songs. The adult costume contest will be judged at 10 pm, with the victors receiving prizes donated by area merchants. Scores of fabulous treasures are being collected for the live and Chinese auctions.
The Family Treasure Hunt
Beginning Saturday, May 10, 10 am to 6 pm and continuing through Sunday, May 11, 10 am to 4 pm.
FREE – Begins and Ends at The Alligator Attraction, 12995 Village Blvd, John’s Pass
The John's Pass Village-wide treasure hunt is one of the most popular activities. Families, encouraged to dress in pirate costume, are given a map and a list of clues. The goal is to find all of the spots on the treasure hunt in order to qualify for the grand prize drawing, valued at hundreds of dollars. Participating merchants have donated a gift item for the grand prize, and will provide a ‘trinket’ for each family on the treasure hunt as proof that they have found their “spot”. Treasure maps are limited to the first 500 families. All families who complete the hunt will be entered into the grand prize drawing, which will be held on Sunday, May 10 at 4 pm. Additional Children’s Activities include face painting, craft projects and family friendly entertainment (some fees may apply).
The Children’s Costume Contest
May 10, 4:00 pm. Free!
Windworks, 13009 Village Blvd, JPV. Pre-register by calling ahead 727-320-9463.
Every child will receive a prize, with several larger prizes being awarded to the best dressed!
Sponsored by Windworks, and co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches.
Boat Parade and Sea Battle
The Flotilla will set sail Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30 am from just north of the Treasure Island Bridge and will continue past Eleanor Island before entering the battle zone in front of the Johns Pass Boardwalk at High Noon. The Boat Parade Committee has shanghaied ships from all ports to participate. Groups loyal to John LeVique will include armadas from the Rough Riders, the Krewe of Conquistadors, and the Krewe of Neptune.The Loyalists plan to surprise their foes by out-flanking them and engaging in a sea battle with plenty of water pistols, super soakers, and black powder cannons! Behind the scenes, judges will be searching for boats that are, among other categories, the best decorated, most lively, smallest, and have the wettest crews. Following the invasion, the sea Loyalists will rendezvous with their land-side troops and Parade through the Village handing out beads and other trinkets to the children.
The Pirate Parade through the Village
The Parade starts at 1:30, and will wind through the Village and end at the center square tent where prizes will be given to the winners of each boating category. This event is environmentally friendly. No beads or balloons shall be thrown during the Sea Battle. This is a free fun-filled family adventure.
Interested parties can request additional information by sending an email to, Jlpdinvasion@yahoo.com or by contacting Commodore Terry Morehouse at 727-391-4016.
The 13th Annual John’s Pass Pirates Pub Crawl
An adult’s only adventure, May 9 through 11.
Tickets at the door (at the Pirates Ball on Friday night or at the Event Information booth on Saturday) will be $30 until sold out. A Limited number of advance purchase Pub Crawl tickets are available for a $25 donation and may be reserved online.
Tickets include one complimentary adult beverage at each of the participating Pubs as well as a special edition Pub Crawl pass. The Pub Crawl is leisurely and ongoing throughout the hours of the event.
Each of the participating pubs will feature one free adult beverage, scheduled entertainment, give-a-ways, and specials throughout the weekend.
Featured Performance Group, The West Coast Mutineers
This crew of specialized actors, actresses and re-enactors design and rehearse their stunts for months before the show. They specialize in recreating an actual scene such as something one may have seen in The Golden Age of Piracy. They bring period style encampments, authentic costuming and choreographed fight circles to the show each year. This year promises to be the best year ever! During the Fight Circles, and while taking a break from their vigorous routine, patrons can visit these talented performers at the West Coast Mutineers Encampment on the North end of Village Boulevard.
Musical Entertainment - Regional Artists
On Sunday, the show will close with a traditional Pub Sing at 5 pm on the Main Stage near the Shuttle stop. The Pub sing brings together all of the entertainers who have performed throughout the weekend, so fans can hear them one last time until the following year! The last shuttle sets sail at 6:30 pm, so don’t miss the boat!
For those who have been out to sea too long and require a ride home, please call FreeBeachRide.com at 727-776-7533. Established April 2009 by local resident Dave Green, Free Beach Ride was designed to give back to the community. Free Beach Ride offers a simple solution for visiting guests and locals alike to move from the South end of Pass-A-Grille to 150th in Madeira Beach, and to any of your favorite venues in between for free (they work on tips only). Their team of mobile concierges are well educated to direct you to the very best our beaches have to offer. Open from 8 am until 3 am, seven days a week, their vehicles can be called or simply waved down.
This event is organized by the John’s Pass Village Association and is customized by Suzanne King of SIK Promotions, Inc., Custom Festival Management. For more information please visit the web site or call 727-322-5217.
Suzanne King, SIK Promotions, Inc. Custom Festival Management
PO Box 530234, St. Petersburg, FL 33747
John’s Pass Festivals could not be made possible without the support of our fine sponsors, including but not limited to;
The City of Madeira Beach
Bright House Networks
The Tampa Bay Times
John’s Pass Condos
Travel Resort Services
VFW Post 4256
Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches
The Pirate Ship Royal Conquest
The Alligator Attraction
Bamboo Bar & Grille
American Travel Partners
Great Bay Budweiser
and all of the John’s Pass Village Merchants who participate in the festivities.