From Fort Walton Beach is the Krewe of Bowlegs and their mighty ship, “The Blackhawk.” She is commanded by her 65th Captain, Buddy Carter. At his side is his beautiful Queen, Beck England, and Captain’s Wife, Cindy Carter, along with the Queen’s husband, Chris England. Keeping this motley krewe in check is the First Mate and Mistress, Rique, and Kelly Gwin. This raucous band of pirates sail year-round to numerous ports-of-call with cannons blazing; pillaging and plundering and striking fear into all who challenge them. As their theme, this year is “Spent Shells and Tall Tales” all their events will be filled with bright lights and the sound of cannon fire!
The 59th Honor Guard consists of ten couples. It is our Honor Guard that sets the tone for Fun and Friendship throughout the year. The Honor Guard Pirates and Wenches in our 59th year are Eddie and Alyssa Chambless, Tom and Salli Cumbie, Mark and Molly Grindland, Bob and Teresa Halverson, Brian and Kristin Page, Alan and Polly Parker, Joe and Angelia Rollins, Jon David and Courtney Simpson, Robert and Stacy Smith, and Matt and Kacy Turpin
Billy Bowlegs Festival
The main landing will occur on May 1st in downtown Fort Walton Beach when the Krewe of Bowlegs and the 65th Captain Billy will arrive in his pirate fleet and capture the city. He along with his krewe, accompanied by their guests from krewes all around the country, will storm the streets of Fort Walton where there will be much pirate fun. The weekend will finish off with the Torchlight parade on Monday, May 3rd.