By Bailey Porch
Step back in time and celebrate Pensacola's history at the Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Festival. Set to take place March 3-4 at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, it'll have you eating a turkey leg and saying "huzzah" in no time. Read below for a complete list of all of the medieval must-dos.
What would a renaissance festival without jousting? This show-stopping event will feature the King and Queen and of course some worthy knights. The two full-metal armored knights will attempt to knock each other off their horses with jousting sticks while riding at full speed. This high-intensity event is really a nail-biter while you cheer on the knights.
Lane performers truly sell the authentic renaissance experience. They wander around the fairgrounds to interact with guests and are a part of the royal parade. These performers are always in character and can be a lot of fun to talk with. They are the medieval equivalent of Disney characters and are worth getting a picture with.
The shopping areas are full of authentic, hand-crafted, renaissance-styled pieces. I recommend stopping by the many artists and crafters to see their masterpieces in action. The amount of detail put into their work is impressive. You can even load up on medieval-styled swords, armor, and accessories to completely immerse yourself in the Renaissance culture.
If you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean, then you’ll be singing “yo ho yo ho a pirate's life for me” with the performers on Pirate Alley. Beginning at 10 a.m. and every 30 minutes after there is a new pirate adventure to discover. You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching thrilling sword fighting and cannon fires. Additionally, this stage has pirate bands to give you an idea of what it would have been like to be a pirate in the medieval times.
Are pirates a little too rugged for you? You might feel more comfortable with the gypsy section of the Faire. At this stage, belly dancers as they dance around the crowd waving their silk scarfs in the air. If you aspire to join the dancers, you can even pick up a belly dancing skirt to jingle while you walk around the fairgrounds.
The Tavern Stage is where you can find the local Teen Shakespeare Troupe perform, and be treated to a magic act. Magicians were the advisors to the King and Queen because of their wisdom in astrology and science, but they’re also quite talented in performing special tricks to bemuse guests.