Pyratecon 2007 was a tremendous success...and we are looking forward to many more annual conventions with this fun group of scallywags and wenches! Check out pyratecon.com for more information on this new New Orleans tradition!!!!
The Pirate Convention 2007 was a great event that brought together pirates from California, Maryland, Florida, Oregon, and so many other places that we can't even remember.
Of course, we drank lots of rum, as a matter of fact we celebrated with a rum tasting on thursday night, the first night on "terra firma" (well, not really...New Orleans is a swamp you know!) anyways, we navigated from our home port to four different locations in the Spanish Main, tasting rums the likes of "Matusalem" from Santo Domingo; "Pyrat Cask" and "Sailor Jerry" made on the little Anguilla Island and the nectar of Nicaragua called "Flor de Cana", AHHH ! ! ! Of course I mean ARRRR ! ! ! Our tiny pirate tavern featured 15 different rums smuggled into the country just for this important event. A very rare selection, including the orange infused Santa Teresa from Venezuella...one of Pirate Mitchell's favorites, and another (genuine contraband) that we can't even mention, but that you can see in the pics with your own eyes,
Also, we commemorated the dead with a memorial to Renato Beluche, that brave Baratarian who fought the battle of New Orleans along side the Lafitte Brothers and then went on to help Simon Bolivar to liberate Venezuela, Colombia and peru from the Spaniards.
We fed the entire crew with a delicious ship made Salgamundi, a traditional Pirate food made with anchovies from our last trip at sea and a chicken we stole from the neighbors. We shared the tradiotions of Pirates Alley, including the story of the first wedding in the alley of seaman Reginald Hicks with his Creole bride, and told the tales of pirate ghosts, rebel souls still hanging around in the corners and hidden dungeons of the French Quarter. Most of all we had lots of fun singing and dancing...and of course, DRINKING!