Ahoy! Esquimalt Buccaneer Days returning next week

Ahoy! Esquimalt Buccaneer Days returning next week
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A popular nautical-themed event is returning to Esquimalt this spring.

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days is running from May 10 to May 12, and will feature a parade, food booths, midway games and rides, and bike valet service.

The event begins on Friday, with a seniors BBQ at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The midway will then open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, the annual Lions Pancake Breakfast will kick off at 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by the Buccaneer Parade from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Community events will also take place throughout the day, including the Buccaneer Market Place, and the midway will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, highlights include a Mother’s Day champagne breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a sky diver demonstration at 3 p.m.

The midway will also be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Decades-old event

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days traces its roots back to 1939, when the municipality first started hosting May Queen celebrations.

The event eventually grew into Buccaneer Days in 1966, with the residents dressing up in pirate-themed clothing “vying for prizes for the best costume.”

It was also the start of the “Wakey, Wakey” morning call during Buccaneer Days.

“Buccaneer Days festivities have always been well attended, with over 20 community organizations taking part, which allows our community to work and play together, have a great time, and instill a feeling of accomplishment and pride in our community,” read the Buccaneer Days website.

The full schedule for this year’s event can be found on the Buccaneer Days website.

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