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Eastport Pirate Festival
21 Dec 2013
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Thousands of people attended Eastport's eighth annual Eastport Pirate Festival.

The first festival drew about 500 people, but in recent years attendance has reached around 10,000, according to Furman. Last year, almost 16,000 attended the event. Furman, a summer resident of Eastport who lives winters in Portland, attributed the spike in interest to a visit from the replica HMS Bounty, which was in Eastport nearly a week.

The original British Navy sailing vessel was famous for a mutiny, which was the subject of a novel and film, both titled, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The replica that visited Eastport last year sank the following month off the North Carolina coast after getting caught in high seas caused by Hurricane Sandy. The Coast Guard rescued 14 members of the crew, but two perished.

 

The festival features more than 200 different events over the course of the September weekend, from noon Friday until Sunday evening.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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Performance Culture Heritage In the Streets Rural YORA Festival/Celebration Northeast Maine Pirates
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