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Nov. 5, 2007 at 1:46pm

First Night (Arrrrrr!)

Don't put away your Halloween pirate gear because the Year of the Pirate is Coming!

Celebrate 2008 with a day of free museums, followed by a parade and a night of entertainment downtown. 

Are you interested in participating in the First Night parade this year?  Drop me a line here or at

The parade is usually a pretty informal affair, so whether you have a whole pirate brigaid, a band, or just a couple of people who'd like to show up and do something interesting I'd be interested to hear what you have in mind.



comments [12]  |  posted under First Night, holidays, New Year's Eve, pirates, Tacoma


by jenyum on 11/5/2007 @ 1:58pm
....and don't forget to vist for all you need to know about New Year's Eve in Tacoma.


by AP on 11/5/2007 @ 3:52pm
As a mother, you are the perfect person to answer this question:

Why has our society latched on to the concept of the pirate as if it were something glamorous and admirable? I'm having difficulty understanding. Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean, it doesn't get any cooler than a raping, pillaging, murdering marauder of the high seas...


by Erik on 11/5/2007 @ 3:56pm
Very cool. Glad to see First Night is going strong.

by jenyum on 11/5/2007 @ 9:41pm
I don't know that dressing up like a pirate really indicates admiration for the concept of piracy, any more than dressing up like a vampire or in a skull mask for the day of the dead has anything to do with admiring death or vampirism.

This is just my take on it, but dressing up as something fearful for one night or going out to engage in revelry and mischief that is otherwise forbidden has been an important part of festivals pretty much since there have been festivals. It seems like we all need that little escape valve from time to time, in our otherwise orderly and well-behaved lives.

You're not supposed to really want to be a pirate, any more than people who are really into the "Victorian Country Christmas" celebration really want to return to a time before penicillin, birth control, and a child welfare safety net. At least, I don't.

*these are just my opinions, not the opinions of First Night, not that we have an Official Piracy Policy or anything like that.

by Erik on 11/6/2007 @ 12:44am
People do seem to like pirates. That's for sure.

Are they worse than vampires?

by AP on 11/6/2007 @ 7:31am
For the record, my comments were not meant to detract from your First Night post! Everybody disregard me and the Count here, and get back on topic. This was supposed to be about participating in the First Night Parade... Jen, the floor is again yours.

by KevinFreitas on 11/6/2007 @ 8:23am
Maybe next the 08/09 celebration will balance out the universe by having everyone celebrate as ninjas! Just a thought...

by jenyum on 11/6/2007 @ 8:58am
"The Year of the Ninja"

I like that. Plus, what a comfortable costume choice!

by KevinFreitas on 11/6/2007 @ 8:59am
I know, black and wrapped from head to toe. Plus, plenty of sharp things for cutting cake!

by tacomachickadee on 11/28/2007 @ 8:49am
The question is: Pirates or ninjas? Unicorns or zombies?

For this year: Pirates.

by KevinFreitas on 11/28/2007 @ 8:52am
A zombie theme for next year could be too much fun. I always enjoy mixing holidays (see Nightmare Before Christmas and the upcoming Sweeney Todd). Once this year's is all said and done the organizers should take suggestions and have a poll online for next year's theme.

by droid116 on 11/28/2007 @ 10:21am
Oooohhh. A zombie theme. That parade would be an excellent opportunity for low budget filmmakers to get all the footage they need to complete their prerequisite micro-budget zombie picture.

Tacoma Zombie Invasion
Zombie Party
Get Your Zombie On
If You Had Half a Brain
Bite of Tacoma (oops, taken already)

Love the pirate theme as well.


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