EASTPORT (AP) — The days of yore when pirates were active off the Maine coast will be celebrated when Eastport holds its annual Pirate Festival.

The festival gets underway Friday and continues through Sunday.

Festivities include a pirate ball, a pirate boat parade, pirate music bashes, a pirate bed race and treasure hunts. There’ll also be a remembrance ceremony on Sunday to honor the 180-foot HMS Bounty tall ship, which was a main attraction at last year’s festival and sank off North Carolina last October during Hurricane Sandy.

The festival is now in its eighth year and typically draws 10,000 to 12,000 people.

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