Up to no good like always, pirates swarmed all over Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach this past weekend for the 2015 Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier. This free and all-ages event caters to families and kids with the costumed pirates and activities mainly geared towards entertaining children. Many attendees dressed up as pirates, and many get into character for the entire duration of their visit. The fair zone included many vendors, pirate swag, a pirate stage, and ship battles. Down on the dunes, the actual kids area and performance stages made for a mini fun zone. The main fair zone consisted of the entire pier, from start to end. All the primary pirates (actors hired to portray pirates here) mingle throughout the area, occasionally stopping for photos and to pester the attendees with mindless pirate gibberish. The vendors ranged from selling actual pirate equipment & clothing to the typical commercial vendors like KROQ and Coors Light.
If you missed this pirate invasion, Alfredo’s Beach Club, the company that organizes the pirate fest, holds TWO pirate fests annually. This one at Belmont Pier always takes place at the beginning of summer and costs nothing to attend. The second one at the end of September at Marina Green by Shoreline Village has a fee to enter.