PirateFest providing unity during divisive time in the country

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The 10th Annual PirateFest kicked off Friday in uptown Greenville, as thousands packed the streets for the annual festivities.

Some said a festival like PirateFest helps to bring people together, during a time in the state and country where so much tears them apart.

“It’s like so many people getting together to share a common love of the community and the pirates, and it’s just really cool to see everybody come together,” said Stephanie Kruchesky.

Local bands rocked the stage Friday, with more music scheduled for Saturday, including a performance from SmashMouth in the Town Common at 5 p.m.

Some people said the festival gives them a chance to dress up like pirates every year. Malyson Haight has been at PirateFest each year it’s taken place. She said it’s not only a time for fun but also learning.

“It makes it much more than just Pirates dancing in the street, it’s the history aspect that really brings it alive for people,” she said.

The festival continues Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

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