Hello, all you Buccaneers!!
May 13th – 15th is the 2022 dates for Buccaneer Days – A Non-Profit/Community Groups Fundraising Event! A fun Community/Family event with something for all ages
Well people, Buccaneer Days for 2020, 2021, as you know were cancelled due to the COVID Pandemic. We could not have asked for a more disappointing thing to happen, but we needed to do what our health officer asked of us and so we did. However, the good news, is we will be allowed to have Buccaneer Days again this year and the Committee are working with Esquimalt Parks and Recreation and West Coast Amusements to make this years Buccaneer Days a fun, filled event to fill the hearts of all attendees.
A search through ancient documents held at the Esquimalt Municipal Archives reveals some of the histories behind this annual celebration. For well over 60 years, Esquimalt held community events at this time of the year, while each May, the City of Victoria celebrated May Day with the crowning of a May Queen and a May Pole Dance.
When these celebrations were discontinued in 1939, Esquimalt began holding its own May Queen celebration. This evolved into Esquimalt Days and eventually, in 1966, became Buccaneer Days. The town turned out in naval and pirate attire, vying for prizes for the best costume. The citizens of Esquimalt were also awakened at a very early hour by a loudspeaker mounted atop a van calling “Wakey, Wakey!” Apparently, the Wakey Wakey van will roll down the streets of Esquimalt once again this year, complete with members of the Esquimalt Fire Rescue team and a mystery voice.
Buccaneer Days festivities have always been well attended, with over 20 community organizations taking part, which allows our community to work and play together, have a great time, and instill a feeling of accomplishment and pride in our community. This fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, Free local entertainment on the Stage in Bullen Park, skydivers, kids play zone, races, dog agility demonstrations and a great parade. For over 25 years West Coast Amusements have been our Midway provider and they will be once again this year, Robby and Tahra Hauser and their crew are looking forward to being in Esquimalt with their fabulous Midway. May 13th., 14th., & 15th., will be the dates for Buccaneer Days, 2022. The parade will be on Saturday, May 14th. starting at 10:00 a.m. Neighbour’s from Victoria, Oak Bay, View Royal, Saanich and all other communities are invited to join us. We would love to have you enter our parade and you can find the Parade entry form on the Municipal web site, as well as the Buccaneer Days Website. Don’t forget the Dance on Saturday Night with two great bands.