Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates
-- Mark Twain


The Krewe of Bowlegs is committed to the preservation of swashbuckling fun and piracy along the beautiful Emerald Coast. True to our charter, we provide the adventurous pirate spirit to the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade each year. Attacks by land and sea result in a takeover of the city, raucous celebration, and finally a torchlight parade where Captain Billy and the Krewe distribute our loot to the good people of Fort Walton Beach. Our great deeds of piracy are not limited to the festival week. Captain Billy and the pirates and wenches invade many other community events throughout the year. Look for us reading a pirate tale to elementary school children, training dolphins at the Gulfarium, or speeding across the bay in the Legendary Marine Billy Bowlegs Poker Run benefiting Emerald Coast Autism Center and William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation. You never know where a scurvy pirate will turn up. To satisfy the pirate’s quest for adventure the Blackhawk and Krewe set sail to cities throughout Florida and St. Paul, MN for festival and parade appearances. We are ambassadors for the Emerald Coast and the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, as we bring back, other pirates, Indians, Vulcans, and many others to participate in the festivities.


Citizens of the Emerald Coast,

For 64 years my predecessors have invaded the city to make sure the spirit of piracy never dies in our beloved community. I aim to continue that tradition no matter what obstacles are put in our way. My crew of scurvy pirates will bring the energy and the fun to events throughout this year.

I will be accompanied by my beautiful Queen Beck England and my wonderful wife Cindy Carter at all our events. My hand-picked Honor Guard of the 20 most energetic pirates in our Krewe will bring the party every time we get together. Finally, I will lean on our First Mate and First Mistress to keep us all headed in the right direction.

It is a huge honor to lead this band of outstanding individuals as we bring the party to our neighbors and out of town guests. This group has been a pillar of Emerald Coast activities for decades and I am truly humbled to serve them.

The next time you enjoy some local fun take a look around and you will probably find one of our PyroPirates!

Captain Billy 65

Buddy Carter

Krewe of Bowlegs
PO Box 1077
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-1077