Excerpt from the Swashbuckler's Ball website.
"In the wake of Poseidon’s wrath providing us with less than spectacular weather during the 2010 Portland Pirate Festival, there were a few of us who wanted to give back to an event that has meant so much to our town’s piratical community. After five years, the Portland Pirate Festival has become a cultural mainstay of our fair city and a unifying gathering for brethren from all shores. It is our collective hope that the Pirate Fest returns in 2011, but there are ultimately some financial issues that must be addressed before that can become a reality.
To that end, we would like to officially announce this glorious event which aims to help a cause that be near an’ dear to our black hearts."