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Anna Maria Island Privateers take to the streets for the Fourth

A golf cart, decorated in patriotic colors was one of many taking part in the Anna Maria Island Privateer’s July Fourth Parade Saturday morning.
A golf cart, decorated in patriotic colors was one of many taking part in the Anna Maria Island Privateer’s July Fourth Parade Saturday morning. HERALD FILE PHOTO

A bunch of pirates riding in ships down city streets probably isn’t something that most people associate with American independence.

But every Fourth of July, the Anna Maria Island Privateers host one of the most popular events of the holiday weekend in Manatee County. The Privateers’ annual Independence Day Parade is set for Monday on Anna Maria Island.

All sorts of local groups participate every year, but one of the highlights is always the Privateers themselves, tooling across the island in their swashbuckling garb aboard their latest landlubbing ship, the Skullywag. It’s the third “ship” the group has sailed down to the streets in the past 40 years.

The parade is scheduled to get going at 10 a.m. Monday from the south entrance to Coquina Beach. It then heads along Gulf Drive to the Anna Maria City Pier, where it ends at noon.

The Privateers put on a lot of fun community events on and around Anna Maria Island, but the 45-year-old organization’s real purpose is to provide college scholarships for Manatee County High School students.

Details: 10 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria Island. Free. amiprivateers.memberlodge.org.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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