Get Yer Pegleg On! may be 74 days until International Talk Like A Pirate Day rears its ugly skull, but seeing as the new Pirates movie is out why not take the opportunity to make company with the ranks of plundering seafairing scoundrels?

The Brethren of the Coast, a pirate gang who’ve been terrorizing land lubbers in Southern California since 1985, will be raiding San Pedro this weekend at the annual Old Fort MacArthur Days, billed as “The Biggest Reenactment Show and Living History Event presented in the City of the Angels”. Helping to keep the peace will be regiments of soldiers from wars of the Roman era on through good ‘ol Dubja Dubja 2.

If you’d like to enlist with the pirates, Captain Jamie Bellows of the Brethren harkens you to step up to his plank. No pirating experience necessary – they’ll teach you how make or steal your own pirate attire (costume shops are for scullywags) and how to properly handle a cutlass.

Old Fort MacArthur Days
July 8 & 9th
Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
Donation: $10 for Adults and $5 for Children under 12.
The Fort MacArthur Museum
3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro

I’m also told that pirates and bucaneers secretly meet every last Friday of the month at the Whale & Ale Pub, also in San Pedro, to drink rum, sing sea shanty’s and regale each other in their tales of seafaring adventures… and to drink more rum.