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July 6, 2012 SLIDESHOW: The Seafair Pirates took Alki Beach by storm
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

The Seafair Pirates announced their presence off shore (as if this was necessary) with powerful cannon blasts then lowered the front of their landing craft and stormed ashore on Saturday, July 7, as Seafair got seriously underway.

Led this year by Lance "Clapeye" English the pirates plunged through the water very near bathhouse where a crowd of thousands was on hand to greet them.

Due to a sand bar, the pirates landed more than100 feet from shore. Some pirates waded through the chilly bay while others were greeted at their vessel, and given rides by traditional Native American canoes . One canoe, the "Raven", belongs to the Duwamish tribe and is generally displayed at their Longhouse Museum in West Seattle. This was the first time the Raven was in the water after her new, bright red and black paint job.

The festivities started early with music and merriment getting underway at 9:30am.Vendors selling pirate related gear, food and more were part of the event.

The event centers every year around the Alki Bathhouse at 1702 Alki Ave. s.w.

Inflatable rides were on hand for the kids.

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