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Pirate history comes alive at Beaufort Pirate Invasion

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BEAUFORT, N.C. -

The pirate spirit was alive and well this weekend in Carteret County in a town with deep pirate history.

Hundreds of people, some dressed as pirates and wenches, walked the streets of Beaufort for the annual Pirate Invasion.

The event started in the 1960s as a re-enactment, said Christine Brin of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, but it's since grown to include sword fighting, live music, pirate costume contests, and educational pirate activities.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum was expecting 6,000 visitors over the two day event from Friday to Saturday.

Those who came said it was all about having a good time.

"I like watching pirates fight and I like dressing up and getting my pictures taken with the pirates," said 9-year-old Kayla Spears of Harkers Island, who dressed up as a pirate princess.

Spanish pirates invaded the town of Beaufort in 1747, according to the website for the Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

Today the town still has remnants of pirate history at the Maritime Museum, including cannons from Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge. The ship ran aground in the Beaufort Inlet in 1718, roughly two miles from where the museum stands today, according to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources website.

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