Hosted by the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Friends of the Old Exchange and the Charleston Maritime Center, the second annual Charleston Pirate Festival was held Sunday at the Maritime Center. The event, which was free to the public, featured appearances by Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, 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 and Colonial food. With Colonial and maritime history booths set up by the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Powder Magazine, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Charles Town Landing, the GIbbes Museum of Art, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, the United States Coast Guard, Friends of the Hunley, Caw Caw County Park, the S.C. Aquarium and more, the festival also featured history presentations on pirating, storytelling presentations about various plunderers, a costume contest and more.
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