The following information is contingent on the status of COVID-19 in Okaloosa County at the time of the event.
The Krewe of Bowlegs and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that the 65th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade will be returning this spring. The event is transitioning from the traditional first weekend in June to Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st, with the celebratory Torchlight Parade on Monday, May 3, 2021.
In addition to the date, and COVID-19 Safety Protocols being put in place, changes to this year’s event include a focus on Downtown Fort Walton Beach. This year’s downtown pirate invasion is inspired by Fort Walton Beach native Buddy Carter, who is Capt. Billy Bowlegs LXV. “Buddy remembers Bowlegs’ festivals from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, when the pirates would land at a Santa Rosa Sound dock just west of Beal Parkway and parade east on U.S. 98 toward Brooks Bridge. Buddy fondly remembers that as a child and how fun it was for downtown.