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International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sunday, September 19th, but why stop at talking when you can become a pirate at the first-ever Pyrate Fest this weekend?

Don your best eyepatch and a pair of pantaloons on Saturday, September 18th, for the kick-off Pyrate (that's the Old English spelling) Fest parade through Harbor Town Square. Line-up begins at 5:15 p.m. at the River Inn.

"Anyone can join as long as they're dressed like a pirate or if they have a dog that's dressed like a pirate. That's a barking buccaneer," said organizer Brenda Canady, aka Quarter Mistress Samra of the King's Revenge.

Other events on Saturday include a cabin boy and wench auction to benefit the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society and live music by Bob and Susie Salley. All events on Saturday are free.

On Sunday, September 19th, the pirate ship sails to the grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum where Pepe the Pyrate (local musician Joe Michael) will perform sea shanties, a pair of Celtic fiddlers will roam the grounds, and kids can play on a 30-foot-tall pirate playship.

Sunday also brings plenty of contests: kid's pirate costume, adult "Talk Like a Pirate," and pirate Elvis. Fresh out of hooks and peg legs? There will be plenty of vendors peddling pirate wares. Admission for Sunday is $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

Pyrate Fest, Saturday, September 18th, 5 p.m., Harbor Town Square; Sunday, September 19th, noon-5 p.m., National Ornamental Metal Museum (www.pyratefestival.com).

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