Welcome to the one and only, official, accept-no-substitutes Talk Like A Pirate Day Web site.
Ever since Dave Barry mentioned us in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. Maybe you read about us on line.. Maybe you caught one of our radio or TV interviews. Or maybe you just stumbled on to our site while googling around for sites your mother probably wouldn't approve of. Or perhaps you're one of the millions of people from South Africa to the South Pole, from New York to the Pacific Northwest, who've made it your own personal excuse to party like pirates every September 19th (and sometimes for days before and after)!
However you got here, stick around an' learn all about September 19 - International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Talk Like A Pirate Day
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. We may have come up with the idea, but it's all of you who keep it going year after year, giving our crazy idea way more than its 15 minutes of fame.
It was an outstanding year, from the moment Tasmania signed on Sept, 12 with the first parrrrrty of the year to the involvement of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Peter and the Starcatcher with a tarrrriffic Sept. 19 event they called Stache Day, which drew hundreds o' pirates rallied at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Box Office (256 West 47th Street) for free tickets and a chance to have their 'staches (real and otherwise) judged by our Close Personal Friend and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Dave Barry, his "Peter and the Starcatcher" co-author Ridley Pearson and Black Stache hisself!
We're starting to gear up for 2013 - including planning some long-overdue changes to our Web presence to make it friendlier to smart-phones, tablets and all the other devices you kids use. Meanwhile ....
Here's what happened around the world on TLAPD 2012 (at least as far as we know):
Thanks and a tip of our pirate hats to Sean Hasselback for the arrrrsome custom pirate version of our GoogleMapThing. He did a load o' work, survived the slammin' of his site with your hits on TLAPD, and provided us with the code t'host the map ourselves. IF YE DON'T SEE YER EVENT: Google splits the map into multiple pages after a certain number o' events are added. Use this link to get straight to Googlemaps, where ye can page through to see the rest.
We'll be running the map again for 2013 - email the Webwench, and tell her what, when and (at least approximatey) where ye plan to parrrrrty - and whether it's open to the public - and she'll peg it to the map.
And share your photos with the world! There be several good ways to go about this: 1. Post them to our FaceBook Page! 2. If ye have a gallery at Flickr, Instagram, Picasa or some other photo site, send the URL and we'll grab one to add to our gallarrrrry. 3. If ye be on Flickr, add yer best shots to the Talk Like A Pirate Day pool. 4. If ye must, email one good shot to the Webwench. Just one. No videos, please - but links or embed code are welcomed.
Please do not email photos to Ol' Chumbucket or Cap'n Slappy. Their mailboxes get jammed enough as it is, and the Cap'n in particular is ... challenged ... by technology newer than about 1856.
News from Team Pirate
It was a low-key Talk Like A Pirate Day in 2012 for the Pirate Guys and Wenches. Ol' Chumbucket, Mad Sally and their crew, having settled into new digs in New Orleans (and made it through Hurricane Isaac relatively unscathed), spent the day gettin' their free Krispy Kreme donuts, grillin' a mess o' ribs and hangin' out with the family. Cap'n Slappy and Jezebel repaired to their favorite local watering hole, Calapooia Brewing, for a few pints and some with the local pirates.
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Talk Like A Pirate Day is an original
concept created in a moment of temporary insanity by John Baur and Mark