51st annual Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade takes place

Parade kicks off weekend's Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp festival in Fernandina Beach

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - Pirates invade Fernandina Beach -- sort of. Founded in 1973, the Fernandina Pirates are still around more than four decades later.

To kick off this weekend's Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp festival in Fernandina Beach, the Fernandina Pirates contributed to the annual Pirate Parade Thursday evening.

There were more than 100 floats in the parade and live music, ensuring there was something to see and do for the whole family.

The main attraction, of course, was the pirates. Fully clothed in costumes, the pirates looted and pillaged the streets, entertaining kids of all ages.

The Eight Flags Shrimp Festival attracts over 100,000 people and has been around for more than half a century.

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