April 11, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina University Department of Athletics and Uptown Greenville are teaming up for a weekend of Pirate-themed activities for football fans, music lovers, local art enthusiasts and history buffs.
A schedule of events surrounding ECU's 31st Annual Pigskin Pigout and Uptown Greenville's 8th Annual PirateFest gets underway Friday, April 11 and will last into Saturday night.
Serving as the centerpiece of the festivities on campus will be the Purple-Gold Spring Game, which is slated for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.
Prior to the football action however, long-time event favorites such as the Parade of Pigs, the popular pig cookin' contest and team autograph session will take place along with new features like a complimentary Movie Night and a Pirate Equipment Sale. A complete schedule, which includes East Carolina's first home track meet in 11 years, is available by visiting the Pigskin Pigout Website.
All proceeds from the Pig-Out benefit student-athletes through the ECU Educational Foundation, commonly referred to as the Pirate Club.
Downtown Greenville will be the site of the PirateFest, which will observe hours of 5-8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Headlining the musical acts will be The Original Wailers, a raggae band known for their work with the late singer Bob Marley. The Castaways, a beach band, and Psylo Joe will also be featured throughout the weekend.
The PirateFest has invited higher-quality art vendors and more diverse food options to their event this year for added community enjoyment. In addition to a pirate parade, costume contest, pirate schools, fossil digs, black powder demonstrations and swordfighting, other events and schedules can be found on the PirateFest site at www.PirateFestnc.com.
The celebration of history will take place along Evans Street from 5th to 1st Street, and on the Town Common in the Uptown Greenville district.
Piratefest is organized by Uptown Greenville and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.
"The collaboration between ECU and The PirateFest Planning Committee has been essential to the fabulous lineup of events between the two locations," Bianca Shoneman, who serves as the director for Uptown Greenville said. "We could not be more thrilled with our relationship with ECU and look forward to expanding it in future years."
Shuttle service from Piratefest to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the spring game is available at no cost to the general public.