Uptown Greenville officials finding ways to support businesses after PirateFest cancellation

Greenville

GREENVILLE, NC – Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders where North Carolina still remains under restrictions due to COVID-19, it is with heavy hearts that the PirateFest Planning Committee announces PirateFest 2021 scheduled to take place April 9th–10th in Uptown Greenville is officially canceled.

“While we are saddened that we will not be able to produce this amazing community festival, we know the safety of our citizens, vendors, and entertainers are the priority,” stated Holly Garriott, Executive Director of Emerge Gallery and Co-Producer of PirateFest. “We are already planning for 2022, and transferring our efforts to making next year’s festival the best yet.”

In the midst of navigating these rough waters, our crew would like to invite our community to put April 8-9 on their calendars for piratical tomfoolery at PirateFest 2022!

“PirateFest is Greenville’s signature community festival,” said Meredith Hawke Dzeko, Executive Director of Uptown Greenville and Co-Producer of PirateFest. “We will work to create culture in the heart of Greenville once again. We are heartbroken, but recognize the threat COVID-19 poses to community events.”

Organized by Uptown Greenville, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, the City of Greenville, and the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, PirateFest showcases the best of the region, from artists to restaurants, to unique recreational activities.

Dzeko said the cancellation will be a blow to many local businesses and vendors, but there’s a way you can help.

“Support these businesses who are jumping through hoops for sanitation requirements and occupancy requirements and doing everything they can to make sure the community feels safe when they frequent these businesses,” she said.

Dzeko said it will still be important to follow instructions and regulations once in-person events are safe again. She said she’s excited to have PirateFest in 2022.

“I’m looking forward to the community celebrating our city once again and celebrating our pirate culture that we all have running deep,” said Dzeko.

PirateFest is made possible by many sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and entertainers. If you would like to join the fun and share the experience during the 15th annual PirateFest celebration in 2022, reach out to info@uptowngreenville.com.

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