After sailing their landlubbing vessel Moby Duck right behind the West Seattle High School Marching Band in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown (as shown in our parade coverage), the Seafair Pirates brought it to this side of the bay for a visit to the Alki Tavern. Thanks to Don Brubeck for catching the scene as the Pirates reboarded and prepared to sail away before sunset. Tomorrow, as announced in January, is the tavern’s final day; the farewell festivities this past week have included a memorabilia auction Wednesday night (photos here) and the final Taco Thursday, motorcycle lineup and all (photos here). The site including the tavern and neighboring parcels has been sold and is expected to be redeveloped, though no formal proposal is filed with the city so far.
ADDED 9:32 PM: WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was inside the tavern with the Pirates:
(added) … and outside:
(Pirates Lance English, left, and Shane Faucher)
Six more scenes of revelry – ahead:
If anyone was feeling morose about the tavern’s impending demise, the Pirates were a jovial distraction.
And mellow, on occasion:
(Damian Terrell, talking with Raychill)
But not for long:
Well, there’s always an exception …
Though the Alki Tavern closes after Sunday night, for the Seafair Pirates, the show goes on … They’ll be back on Alki July 6th (if not sooner) for the annual Pirates Landing extravaganza.