ARGGGGG: The City of Florence Celebrates International Pirate Day | Local News

FLORENCECS — Monday is an international conversation like a pirate day. To celebrate the event, the city of Florence has created a storytelling trail at Southpark (1450 Jebaily Circle) of the children’s book “How I Became a Pirate”.

The idea is for families to walk the park trail and read the story as they walk.

The storytelling trails are open to the public. The trail opened on Friday and will end on Monday. You are able to walk from sunrise to sunset.

The idea for International Talk Like a Pirate Day originated in 1955 when two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, were on a racquetball court in Albany, Oregon. They started talking and acting like pirates insulting each other. According to CNN, Summers had recently divorced and September 19 was his ex-wife’s birthday. The duo declared September 19 as the day everyone should talk and behave like pirates.

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The duo quietly celebrated the holiday for years, but comedian Dave Barry supported the day in a September 2002 Miami Herald column and made it popular. After that, the fake holiday caught the public eye and other people started to follow the tradition.