They say there’s no such thing as a bad idea.
No one is hoping that old saying is true more than The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, which will find out Saturday if an idea to mark International Talk Like A Pirate Day (yes, that’s a real “holiday”) ends up making history.
“Someone just said, ‘Hey, it would be really cool to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of pirates. I wonder how many pirates you need?’ Our new president heard the idea, he loved it and it blow up from there.”
Before Mary-Kate Grohoski and her co-workers at The Mariner’s Museum knew it, they were battening down the hatches in preparation for “Pirates Pack The Park.”
First on the agenda — finding out how many people they would need to gather to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of pirates held by Hastings, England.
The answer: 14,232!
With an official number in hand, the real work began.
Trying to convince more than 14,000 people to dress like pirates is no easy task.
“We’ve reached out to so many different people in the community. We’ve reached out to every single school in Hampton Roads to help distribute flyers. All of Hampton roads, especially Newport News, has really pulled together to make sure this event is a success.”
Mary-Kate says the push to educate Hampton Roads about the record-breaking attempt has been so successful, local department and fabric stores are now reporting a shortage of pirate costumes and supplies.
But, will the hard work translate into record-breaking attendance?
“The confidence has honestly gone up and down, but you can feel the energy rising, so hopes are pretty high. We now feel that we can actually beat this.”
And, you can help!
The Mariner’s Museum’s first-ever “Pirates Pack The Park” event is being held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Mariner’s Museum Park in Newport News.
It’s free to attend, and if you’re on site at 2:00 p.m. and dressed in appropriate pirate garb (basic costume requirements below), you will be included in the official Guinness World Record count.
Mary-Kate is hoping people will pull out all the stops for their pirate costumes and make this once-in-a-life time event one for the record books!
“Have you ever broken a Guinness World Record? Have you ever wanted to? You can be a part of history if you just make the drive!”