Buccaneer Days

Buccaneer Days

Early April through first weekend in May
During Buccanner Days, the city of Corpus Christi, Tex., by proclamation of the mayor, is under pirate rule, similar to the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Fla. Buccaneer Days, now also known as Buc Days, began in 1938 to honor the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda in 1519. It has become a month-long carnival, calling to mind the days of the early 19th century when the settlement was a hideaway for pirates, who did a brisk trade in contraband. Pirates sail into town, capture the mayor, and demand revelry throughout the city. Events include a professional rodeo, sailboat regattas, parades, sporting events, concerts, a coronation and ball, and fireworks on the bayfront.
CONTACTS:
Buccaneer Commission
P.O. Box 30404
Corpus Christi, TX 78463
512-882-3242; fax: 512-882-5735
www.bucdays.com
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