If you’re feeling holiday withdrawal during the weeks between Labor Day and Halloween, there’s good news: today you can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the quirky holiday. International Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 2002 after columnist Dave Barry wrote a piece in the Miami Herald about the piratical exploits of Oregonians John Baur and Mark Summers (otherwise known by their pirate aliases, Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy). Baur and Summers began Talk Like a Pirate Day among their circle of friends while playing racquetball in 1995 and appealed to Barry to publicize the event seven years later.
Today, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with events all over the world, from Texas to Japan.
Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are offering a free glazed donut to any customer who talks like a pirate. Anyone brave (or hungry) enough to don head-to-toe pirate gear will receive a free dozen.
In Austin, Opal Divine’s on 6th Street is hosting an International Talk Like a Pirate Day Party at 7 p.m. that will feature costume prizes and live music.
Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock is hosting a 7 p.m. showing of The Goonies and offering a modified pirate menu and face painting for the occasion.