Legend has it that the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte stashed treasure somewhere on the shores of Anna Maria Island.
It's never been found, and no one knows for sure if it's really there. But the legend is a good enough excuse for a festival.
The second annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion draws crowds to the island for two full days of food, drink, music and activities for kids and families.
This year's "invasion" is slated for Saturday and Sunday.
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Among the attractions and festivities every year are strolling entertainers, a children's area, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, story telling, period enactors, pirate sack races and live entertainment from some of the area's most popular bands.
The band lineup begins Saturday morning with A Teen Band (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Kettle of Fish (1:30-4:30 p.m.), Kei Bland & Savannah Brady Band (5-6 p.m.), Shotgun Justice (6:45-9:45 p.m.)
On Sunday, the music comes from Gospel Choir (10-10:45 a.m.), A Teen Band (11 a.m.-noon), Tangled Mangos (Noon-12-2:15 p.m.) and Kim Betts & the Gamble Creek Band (3-6 p.m.)
Details: Nov. 1-2, Coquina Beach. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: Free. Information: pirateinvasion.org.
-- Marty Clear