August 12, 2013 Hosted by the Old Exchange and the Charleston Maritime Center, the inaugural Charleston Pirate Festival was held Sunday at the Maritime Center. The event, which was free to the public, featured appearances by Blackbeard, Anne Bonney and Mary Read, who stopped plundering long enough to pose for a few photos. A number of stations were set up, offering attendees the chance to peruse collections of pirate artwork and artifacts, including weapons, Colonial food and more. Another feature of the festival was history presentations on pirating and storytelling presentations about various plunderers. Photos by Marie Rodriguez.