Swashbuckling fun filled Riverfront Park

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POINT PLEASANT — Sword fighting. Mutiny. Gunfire. The raucous crew of Valhalla’s Pirates commandeered Riverfront Park Aug. 9, and gave buccaneers and landlubbers a taste of the Golden Age of Piracy.
Capt. Charles W. Black, portrayed by Dr. Charles Waldron, led the crew of pirates in an evening of swashbuckling fun Wednesday that has become a highly anticipated event.
Riverfront Park was packed with children and parents, many wearing pirate garb such as bandanas with skulls and swords, eye patches, fake hooks and children joking around “dueling” with swords made out of balloons.
“We come every year,” said Bob Leach, the father of two children. “It is always a fun night and a good night to get the community out. The kids always have fun.”
The skits performed at the sixth annual “Pirates in the Park” show offered youngsters a chance to get involved and get an inside look at the world of piracy, which flourished from 1670 to 1730.

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