Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days

August 12-21

Alexandria Bay is the proud home of the Famous “Bill Johnstons Pirate Days.” There are 10 days filled with family fun and special events. Our sword-fighting group, known as the ‘Tales from Remikreh,’ will be performing throughout the Village streets and at various Route 12 locations. Be sure to stop by and visit the Entertainment tent for a list of activities planned for that day.

Bill Johnston was a renegade after the Patriots War, who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel, hid among the 1000 Islands, and was hunted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities. The annual Bill Johnston’s Pirates Days celebration commemorates some of his exploits. Fill your senses with the sound and spectacle when pirate ships attack the village from the St. Lawrence River, as the brave villagers try to stave them off. The air is filled with smoke and the sound of musket fire and cannon, and eventually the villagers succumb as the pirates invade the town. After the Mayor turns over the key to the village to the invading marauders, everyone becomes a pirate.

The Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce, through the hard work of our members; sponsor all of the above events. You are invited to join in the spirit of Pirate Days and dress as a Pirate, Patriot, or Indian when attending any or all of these events. All times are subject to change. Please check the Event Board at the Entertainment Tent or at the Chamber Office at (315) 482-9531. A band of Sword Fighting Pirates will be available during all 10 days at most events listed for photo opportunities. The Tales from Remikreh group will be throughout the Village so BEWARE! Please see the schedule at the Entertainment Tent for specific locations and times.  Check out local merchants for sales of event flags. Most events are free and for the enjoyment of the public.

SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE!  BE SURE TO WATCH FOR ANY ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES.

 

Friday: 


7:00pm – 9:00pm – Register to be an Official Mate (at Block Dance Area)

8:00pm – 10:00pm – Block Dance featuring Fred & The Eds by Upper James Street Dock

 

Saturday: 


10:00am – Children’s Crafts…Scenic View Park Pavilion

11:30am – Children’s Parade Lineup at Scenic View Park Pavilion

1:15pm – Capture of Scouting Party…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

2:00pm – Invasion…Scenic View Park Pavilion Dock

Town Revelry

4:00pm – Children’s Pirate Costume Contest at Entrance to the River  Walk

(Between Bay House Artisans & A Bay International)

 

Sunday:  


12:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

1:00pm – Children’s Games with the Pirates…Scenic View Park

         

Monday:


10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Crafts with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Fragile Planet Exhibit…Upper James Street

3:15pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:30pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

 

Tuesday:


10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Fight a Pirate…Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown

1:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration…Tales of Remikreh

2:00pm – Pirate Story Time with Author & Storyteller Patricia Hughes…at The Deck of Old Homestead & Spot

3:15pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:30pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

5:00pm — Children’s Pirate Dress Up at Alex Bay Big M

 

Wednesday:


10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Crafts with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown

1:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration with Tales of Remikreh

1:00-4:00pm – Reptile Exhibit…Entertainment Tent

2:00pm – Pirate Story Time with Author & Storyteller Patricia Hughes…at The Deck of Old Homestead & Spot

3:15pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:30pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

7:00pm – FREE Concert in the Park…Scenic View Park Pavilion

Featuring Oceans Below

 

Thursday:


10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Tournament with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown

1:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion

2:00pm – Pirate Story Time with Author & Storyteller Patricia Hughes…at The Deck of Old Homestead & Spot

3:15pm – Pirate Skit with Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:30pm – Pirate Skit…Tales of Remikreh…Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

5:00pm…”Pirate Festival” at the Thousand Islands Winery!!!  Wine Tasting and live entertainment

Featuring Bad Husbands Club

$5 per person entrance fee (adults); $4 per person (ages 13-20; seniors or military); children 12 & under are FREE

 

Friday: 


10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – First Mates Competition with Tales of Remikreh..Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Take time to enjoy lunch & shopping throughout downtown

1:30pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration by Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion

2:00pm – 4:00pm – Birds of Prey Exhibit…Entertainment Area on James Street

2:00pm — Pirate Story Time with Author & Storyteller Patricia Hughes…at The Deck of Old Homestead & Spot

3:15pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:30pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh….Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

8:00pm – Block Dance featuring Tough Luck…James Street between Skiffs and Downtown @ 11 James

 

Saturday: 


10:00am – Children’s Boats & Treasure Chest Crafts…Scenic View Park Pavilion

11:30am – Children’s Parade Line-up…Scenic View Park

11:45am – Children’s Parade Through Downtown

1:15pm – Capture of the Pirate Scouting Party…Uncle Sam Boat Tours

2:00pm – Pirate Invasion…Scenic View Park Pavilion Dock

Town Revelry

 

Sunday:


11:00am – Live Drill & Demonstration by the Brockville Infantry

2:00pm – Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days Grand Parade (winners announced after the parade)

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