PIGS AND PIRATES: Weekend festivals take over Bath and Washington

Published 6:40 pm Friday, October 26, 2018

It was a tale of two cities (or one city and a town) last weekend as Washington and Bath held two of their biggest events of 2018. While the Washington waterfront was overwhelmed with pigs and some of the finest barbecue smokers east of the Appalachians, Bath embraced its pirate heritage in a special celebration of the 300th years since the death of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. While both events drew large and enthusiastic crowds to Beaufort County.

SEA SHANTIES: A motley gang of pirate musicians sing for their grog on Main Street in Bath. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

FIERCE COMBAT: Youngsters has the chance to fight a pirate during the celebration, albeit with a slight advantage. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

ARTIFACTS: Traditional artifacts from the Age of Sail were littered throughout Bath last Saturday, offering festival attendees a chance to step back in time. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

LOOK BEHIND YOU: A larger than life effigy of the Pirate Blackbeard looms tall over the crowd during a sword fighting demonstration. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

ALL SMILES: Eagles Wing’s Director Ann-Marie Montague gets in the spirit, sporting a plastic pig nose and a sticker proclaiming her participation in the democratic process. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

IN MOURNING: While other Rotarians may have had a jolly countenance during the parade, Washington (Noon) Rotary President Sarah Parker was clearly bereft over the passing of the pig. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

A SOMBER OCCASION: Rotarians Spencer Stanley and Bobby Hodges push the ceremonial casket down Main Street. Styled after a New Orleans funeral, the classic tune “When the Saints Come Marching In” matched the mood. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

ONLY THE PIG NOSE: Washington Mayor Mac Hodges and Washington (Noon) Rotarian Tom Payne march in the annual Parade of Pigs. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)

BETTER WATCH OUT: Caught on film during the kickoff of the annual Smoke on the Water Festival, this portly fellow mourned for his brethren during the parade of pigs. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)