Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fake holiday, started by a blog that told people how to get freebies by celebrating National Root Beer Float , National Oyster and the uber-festive doubleheader of National Taco and National Vodka.
However, if you’re dying to put on an eyepatch before Halloween and pull out your favorite red bandana, there’s a place for you to talk like a 17th century sailor.
Sing sea shanties and watch belly dancersIf anyone loves Talk Like a Pirate Day, it’s the sword-swinging, shanty-singing staff at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring. Tonight, you’ll find multiple groups singing traditional pirate songs; belly dancers breathing fire and juggling flaming batons; and specials on pirate beer and grog. If you’re not game to play along, don’t even bother showing up.
For more of a pirate experience, board the Boomerang Pirate Ship, a Potomac River party yacht outfitted with a Jolly Roger on the mast, working water cannons and a full bar with “wenches” serving rum-based “pirate grog.” The crew calls passengers “landlubbers” and threatens to make you walk the plank if you don’t participate in the limbo contest. Naturally, lots of customers dress up to fit the theme.
A two-hour cruise leaves Georgetown’s Washington Harbour at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available.
Belgium’s insanely tasty Piraat Ale is sponsoring the Talk Like a Pirate Party at Granville Moore’s, where the staff will hand out eye patches, bandanas and other prizes while pouring discounted glasses of potent Piraat BPA. Come dressed in a pirate costume and you’ll be entered to win $1,300 worth of Piraat gear, including a nine-liter bottle of Piraat and a case of beer each month for a year. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Walk into Krispy Kreme and order a doughnut in a pirate voice, and you get it for free. Show up in full pirate costume — bonus points for the parrot on your shoulder — and you get a dozen for free.
Who says that this holiday has to be fake? Some of the largest store chains in the country are recognizing it.