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Buccaneer Days Carnival and fireworks in late 1950s
Buccaneer Days Carnival and fireworks celebration in the late 1950s Photo courtesy of Buccaneer Commission, Inc.

Buccaneer Days

In 1938, the Corpus Christi Beach Association decided to stage a celebration based on the history and legend of the days of long ago when pirate ships sailed the waters of the Gulf and preyed on merchantmen. The original festivities have evolved into an annual 24-day celebration with a pirate theme including more than 23 tournaments and special events, among which are a triathlon, rodeo, remote-control plane festival, archery and twirling competitions, an international handball tournament, and a national orchestral music festival that brings in 6,000 children. The non-profit event raises funds to finance scholarships and a host of civic programs. Held for over 62 years, Buccaneer Days now draws over 1.2 million people. Text, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs make up the project documentation.

Originally submitted by: Solomon P. Ortiz, Representative (27th District).

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