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Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival & Torchlight Parade returns to Fort Walton Beach, May 19-22

Ahoy, mateys! The 67th Annual Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade is back in Fort Walton Beach, and it promises to be a weekend filled with fun, entertainment, and plenty of pirate-themed […]

Ahoy, mateys!

The 67th Annual Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade is back in Fort Walton Beach, and it promises to be a weekend filled with fun, entertainment, and plenty of pirate-themed festivities.

  • The Torchlight Parade, sponsored by Step One Automotive Group, will take place on Monday, May 22nd, 2023, starting at 7:00 p.m.
  • The parade will travel down Eglin Parkway from First Street to Hughes Avenue, and is expected to be a dazzling display of lights and music.

But the Torchlight Parade is just one of the many events taking place during the 67th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival.

The weekend kicks off with the Skirmish on Friday, May 19th, where Captain Billy Bowlegs and his Honor Guard will try to land on Fort Walton Beach Landing. The Mayor and the Fort Walton Beach Police Department are ready to arrest Captain Billy if he attempts to land, but the pirate captain is not one to back down easily.

Fort Walton Beach Mayor Dick Rynearson and wife, Janey.

On Saturday, May 20th, Captain Billy and his Krewe will return, along with visiting Krewes from across the county, for the final battle to take over the city.

  • The Mayor will unleash a secret weapon to stop Captain Billy, but it will be no match for the pirate captain’s forces. The Krewe will take over the city and celebrate their victory throughout the weekend.
Queen of Bowlegs Whitney Smith, pictured with Cooper and Morgan Williams

The highlight of the festival is the Torchlight Parade on Monday night, where Captain Billy and his Krewe of pirates will march down the streets to celebrate their victory over Fort Walton Beach.

  • To enter the parade, interested parties can download the entry form on the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce website.

With live music, entertainment, fireworks, and plenty of food and drink available throughout the weekend, the 67th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival promises to be a swashbuckling good time.

So put on your eye patch, grab your sword, and join the fun in Fort Walton Beach.

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