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Pirate_Directory_Krewe_of_Bowlegs_00003The Krewe of Bowlegs was started in 1955 to promote tourism on the Emerald Coast. William Augustus Bowles (aka, Billy Bowlegs) is the patron pirate of the krewe.

The members of this male only organization are civic leaders that wanted to promote the area, but also wanted a social outlet without being encumbered by raising money and asking for donations. The Krewe is truly an adult fraternity of 170 members that care for each other, participate in many civic organizations and help preserve the pirate heritage of the Emerald Coast, while encouraging tourism to the area. Each year a new Captain Billy Bowlegs is chosen by the past 7 Billys. The new Captain picks his Queen and his First Mate and Mistress along with 10 couples that form the Honor Guard. Captain Billy is also the President of the Board, which he also chooses each year. The reign of the Captain is from mid-June to mid June. He is chosen in December and has six months to organize his Krewe for the year.

Pirate_Directory_Krewe_of_Bowlegs_00006The year culminates in the Billy Bowlegs festival that is put on by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber in close coordination with the Krewe. Without the Krewe, the festival would not be possible. The festival, rated by Southern Living Magazine, is one of the top festivals in the Southeast. It draws in about 30,000 people for the two day festival the first weekend in June. The following weekend, the second Saturday in June, the new Captain Billy Bowlegs is crowned in a lavish coronation ceremony held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The coronation is followed by a black tie ball to celebrate the new Captain. First Mate and First Mistress and the Honor Guard.

The Krewe is in its 61st year. We are a band of hardworking pirates and wenches, over the next year as we parade and promote tourism throughout the land and sea, with this year’s theme; “BOMBS AWAY!”.  We’ll celebrate here in the local area throughout the year, and we’ll hit the road and band together with reciprocal sister Krewe’s in Panama City, Apalachicola, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Minneapolis, MN, and Bradenton FL, and we’ll return for a final battle each June right here in Fort Walton Beach to conquer the local militia, capture the Mayor of Fort Walton Beach, and take over the city to kickoff a huge pirate festival weekend!

It’s very important for the Krewe of Bowlegs to be strong supporters of our community.  We are made up of talented leaders, professionals and energetic people from all over the area. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year, and especially at the 2016 Billy Bowlegs Festival in June ( as we celebrate this year of fun and piracy.

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Monday June 11th, 2018 - 11:17 am

And this happened Saturday evening. Welcome Krewe of Bowlegs LXIV ... See MoreSee Less


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Oops it is Booty Calls LXIV.

Congrats to all

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Wednesday May 30th, 2018 - 10:58 pm

Looks like some opposition ladsThe museum staff and volunteers don't just have a cannon to defend the City from pirates. We also field infantry! The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is this weekend and Reed's Raiders will be out in force defending the Fort Walton Beach! ... See MoreSee Less

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We were practicing tonight at the Landing and we're looking forward to your weekend visit.

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 - 11:22 am

Captain Billy Bowlegs 63rd (Charlie Potts) and his First Mate (Bill Kilpatrick) from the Krewe of Bowlegs are the special guests for this segment of the Fort... ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday May 17th, 2018 - 9:09 pm

Visiting from Louisville, Kentucky and met so many of you at the Harley Davidson store tonight. Wanted to thank you so much for welcoming us, introducing yourselves, and making us not feel like strangers at all. You all are awesome! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday May 3rd, 2018 - 10:28 am

In case you didn't know It's Pirate Season!Last year Captain Billy Bowlegs #62 along with his menacing Honor Guard showed up at the Chamber First Friday Coffee to let the business community know about their intentions to take over the city. Tomorrow is FFC, think that Captain Billy #63 might show up? ... See MoreSee Less

In case you didnt know Its Pirate Season!

Monday April 9th, 2018 - 11:21 am

Get those teams together! 11 days until we tee off and see what team walks away with that $1000 first prize!! ... See MoreSee Less

Get those teams together! 11 days until we tee off and see what team walks away with that $1000 first prize!!
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Thursday February 22nd, 2018 - 9:46 am

Look for more details coming BUT Save the Date Friday 20 April 2018MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 20 April 2018!!

Save the date for the 4th Annual Billy Bowlegs Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation Inc at Seascape golf course on 20 April 2018.
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Look for more details coming BUT Save the Date Friday 20 April 2018
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Ft Walton Beach, FL 32549-1077

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Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
Country United States of America
distance: 300 Miles
Address Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA
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