Arrr, maties! I went to the Pirate Invasion and Mermaid Festival in Long Beach last weekend and it seemed like a good idea to share my overall experience. The event is pretty small, but it's free! I saw many pirate reenactors and cosplayers. The festival had vendors, music, games, food, and all kinds of fun. Take a look below at my photo gallery.
I found some interesting merchants. Hornsmythe sells merchandise that would be great for pirate festivals, Ren Faires, and other reenactment events. I even found a few steampunk items. This vendor has a few online options if you're curious.
Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of this exhibitor because he didn't have a business card or name placard. He made adorable crafts out of wood and metal. Hopefully, the vendor will run across this post and give me the name of his company. It's always nice to advertise and provide links for small businesses.
I had the awesome fortune of meeting another writer! Cristi Taijeron writes historical fiction with a big emphasis on pirate adventures. She has an impressive number of books available on Amazon. Cristi also runs a small business called Endless Horizon Designs. She makes jewelry, bookmarks, and other products. For those of us who self-publish, she does book formatting as well. That's good to know because formatters can be quite pricy and she's pretty reasonable. I'll leave a couple links, so you can check out her merchandise.
-Cristi Taijeron's Author Page on Amazon
Overall, it was a fun experience. There was plenty of activities for families, cool merchandise for cosplayers and reenactors, tasty food, and even boat rides to Shoreline Village. I wish the walkways were less narrow, but that's how it goes in some of these beach cities. It seemed like the attendees had a good time. Take a look at my sea of photos to get a clear idea about the event.
And then I got in trouble and wound up in the stocks. So yeah, I would say it was a productive day.
That's the end of my photo gallery. I hope you enjoyed it. Did any of you guys attend the Pirate Invasion? Tell me about your experience in the comment section. I'm going to attend more events this year and that means you'll get to see more photos. Have a good week and watch out for next week's post.
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