2014 Tybee Island Pirate Festival – October 9-12
Tybee Pirate Fest began in 2005 with a small handful of individuals that were looking for a unique event to help boost visitation to the island in the off-season months. The first year was even more successful than the organizers, a non-profit called Tybeefest, even imagined it could be. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island and its elected officials, the Tybee Island Tourism Council, and local businesses the event has grown in popularity each year.
There are lots of activities for families, loads of entertainment and a Thieves Market filled with treasure. The festival grounds have grown to encompass the entire South Beach Parking Lot by the Tybee Pier from Tybrisa Street to 18th Street. This website provides the history of the event and lots of other pirate stuff. Hope you find it useful and it helps you find your way to the Annual Pirate Fest on Tybee Island located only 20 minutes from Savannah GA historical district and the cobble stone River Street.
2013 Buccaneer Bulletin
2013 | King Keith Gay & Queen Wanda DoyleEach year, a pair of outstandin' Tybee citizens be selected to fulfill tis esteemed position 'n we be pleased to announce that th' honor has gone to Keith Gay 'n Wanda Doyle! King Keith be th' owner 'n founder 'o Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals 'n though his schedule be full wit' real estate sales 'n property management, he still finds th' time to serve as th' Chairman 'o th' Tybee Island Tourism Council 'n he be th' Vice Chair 'o th' Buckos 'o th' Tybee Theater. Queen Wanda has served on th' Tybee Island City Council since 2005 'n be a member 'o several boards here on th' island. She be currently active in th' Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 154 'n be a Chair Person on th' Public Safety Committee 'o th' City Council. Both o' these Tybee residents spend so much 'o their time 'n energy makin' 'tis island a fantastic place to visit 'n an amazin' place to live. We thank our King 'n Queen from th' bottom 'o our hearts 'n gunna be raisin' our grog at th' Pirate Fest to salute them both!
2012 | King Captain Mike & Queen IrisOur 2012 Pirate Fest King and Queen made their way to Tybee Island twenty years ago. From their cozy spot on Lazaretto Creek, the pair has helped the island grow into the destination it is today.Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventures is a Tybee Island institution and Mike and Iris are active members of the community. For them, the festival began as a “labor of love.” The pair even traveled as far as New Orleans for a little pirate research. They are proud of what TybeeFest accomplished and detailed the remarkable increase in off-season visitors. As regular and passionate supporters of Tybee Island Pirate Fest, Mike and Iris make the perfect royal couple.
2011 | King Joel Solomon & Queen Susie MorrisIn 2011, TybeeFest selected Joel Solomon and Susie Morris as the Pirate King and Queen. Joel Solomon is well-known on Tybee as the former owner of Café Loco (now Coco’s Sunset Grill) at Lazaretto Creek. This is where the Tybee Island Pirates first landed in 2005! Susie Morris and her husband Stuart Lyles are the proud owners of the Lighthouse Inn.
2010 | King DeVivo & Queen Paula Morgan DeVivoIn 2010, TybeeFest selected Paul and Paula DeVivo as the Pirate King and Queen. They are well-known on Tybee as the owners of DeVivo Marketing, which includes the web site for Tybee – “TybeeIsland.com”, and the publications: “Where to Eat at the Beach” and “Tybee Homes”. They were also founding members of Tybeefest and instrumental in starting the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.
2009 | King Cullen Chambers & Queen Amy GasterIn 2009, TybeeFest selected Cullen Chambers and Amy Gaster as the Pirate King and Queen. Cullen Chambers is well-known on Tybee as the Executive Director of the Tybee Island Historical Society. Amy Gaster co-owner of Tybee Vacation Rentals is an active member of the island’s business community. and also serves as president of the Tybee Island Tourism Council.
2008 | King Jimmy Price & Queen Natalie GordonIn 2008, TybeeFest selected Jimmy Price and Natalie Gordon as the Pirate King and Queen. Jimmy Price is well known on Tybee as the recently retired Chief of Police. Natalie Gordon can do up your do at Salon Isobe and also serves on the board of the Tybee Island Tourism Council.
2007 | King Jiggs Watson & Queen Bonnie GasterIn 2007, TybeeFest selected Bonnie Gaster and Jiggs Watson as their Pirate King and Queen. Bonnie is a well-known real estate broker on Tybee Island for Prudential SE Coastal Properties. Jiggs owns Tybee Island Insurance and is the organizer of the wet and wild Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade. If you haven’t heard of it The Beach Bum Parade is an island-wide water fight parade that is held each May.
2006 | King Gene Kindrick & Queen Debbie Brady RobinsonIn 2006, TybeeFest chose Gene Kindrick and Debbie Brady Robinson as their Pirate King and Queen. Gene was the longtime commander of American Legion Post 154 on Tybee Island. Debbie is a well-known local artist and owner of the Atlantic Beacon Gallery and Hall of Frames. Debbie also serves on the board of the Tybee Island Tourism Council.
2005 | King Jack Flanigan & Queen Jenny OrrFor the 1st Annual Pirate Fest event organizers reached out to Jack Flanigan to be their Pirate King and Jenny Orr for Queen. Jack owns The Crab Shack, which is an incredibly popular seafood restaurant on the island known as “Where the elite plunder in their bare feet”. And yes, that is a real parrot he is holding in the picture. Jenny is the owner of Fannie’s restaurant on Tybee’s south end which directly borders the festival grounds and has a great view of all the action.
Induction into the Tybee Island Pirate Fest’s Admirals Krewe is earned after serving in a key organisational role for at least two Pirate Fest events. Listed below are those who have achieved this status.