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Happenings of Special Interest
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The Rising of Rosario

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Updated 7/12/201

YMKSM Parade Season - Save the Dates

Monthly YMKSM Social
Wednesday, December 9th @ 6:30PM
Venue: Mello Mushroom, Clearwater

Float Work Days
November 14th, 2015 @ 8:00AM
December 5th, 2015
@ 8:00AM

YMKSM 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Winner

Jeff DiPolito

SPECIAL KSM Philanthropy Meeting
Sunday, November 29th @ 4:00PM
Venue: The Dauck's Home aka The Green Parrot

KSM Philanthropy Event
Saturday, December 4th @ 11:00AM
Florida Shiriffs Youth Ranch Holiday Giving

Pinellas Park Holiday Parade
1st Parade of the Season
Saturday, December 12th, 6:00PM

KSM Philanthropy Fund Raiser
Hamburger Mary's Charity Bingo
Save the Date: February 24, 2016

2015-2016 Pirate Festivals
(NEW Festivals added for 2016)

2015-2016 Renaissance Festivals
(NEW Festivals added for 2015 & 2016)

Pinellas Park Holiday Parade
December 12, 2015

Children's Gasparilla Parade
January 23, 2016

Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

January 30, 2016

Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade

25th Anniversary
February 9, 2016

Knights of Sant’Yago Parade

Ybor City
February 13, 2016

Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Night Parade

Ybor City
March 12, 2016

Chasco Street Parade

New Port Richey
April 2, 2016

DeSoto Grand Parade

April 30, 2016

4th of July Splash-n-Bang Parade

Anna Maria Island
July 4, 2016

Four YMKSM Pyrates Invade

Frank, Charles, Mark & Jon

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Currently Seeking New Members!

The Philanthropy Committee works directly with the KSM Foundation and meets each month to discuss and plan charitable events and fund raisers for KSM.

Currently, the organizations we support or are involved in are the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch group homes in Safety Harbor, Relay for Life in Clearwater, All Children’s Hospital, and the Shriners.

Meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month
(Except for the 11/19/2015 Meeting)

Next (Special) Meeting
Sunday, November 29th, 4:00PM

Mark & Cindy Dauck's Home
aka "The Green Parrot"
14832 Sunset St
Clearwater, FL 33760

We will be getting the presents ready for the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Holiday Luncheon event on December 4th, 2015.

Bring a dish to share while we work.

Please RSVP if you are able to join us at
Marge Siemon - Philanthropy Captain

Float Work Days
Float Repair and Paint Party
Saturday, November 14th
Saturday, December 5th
@ 8:00AM

Work on things that fell apart after our last adventure to sea.  Paint, patch, clean, party like a pirate and all that. 

Please contact Rich Melms (Captain Low Beard) and let him know if you are able to help out part of the day or all day. Email:

6727 126th Ave. North
Largo Florida 33773

Jeff DiPolito

Saturday, November 14th

YMKSM Chili Cook-Off Hall of Fame

1st Cook-Off - 10/5/2013 - Andy Misiek
2nd Cook-Off - 1/10/2015 - Gil Daley
3rd Cook-OFF - 11/14/2015 - Jeff DiPolito

Friday, December 4th
Santa and Elf
Giving of Gifts
Hot Chocolate and Cookies
at Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch
3180 Enterprise Rd E.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Don Genung Activity Center Building

Our very own Pirate Santa Dave and Elf Trina will be the guests of honor at the Holiday Party. The home houses 30 children max, but children come and go based on the judge’s decision so we may have 30 or 20 children that day for lunch. If a child is away for the weekend at a foster home, when he/she returns to the ranch, they will receive a stuffed stocking with toys and gift cards.

If you are interested in joining us for 2 hours please send Marge Siemon an e-mail to We are providing hot chocolate and cookies and various activities for the children. We were blessed to receive so many items last year - it was a heart whelming experience to see the children receive their own stocking of gifts and treasures!

Please RSVP if you are able to join us at
Marge Siemon - Philanthropy Captain

1st Parade of the Season
Pinellas Park Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 12th, 6:00PM

The Pinellas Park Holiday Parade has been a tradition for many Pinellas Park families and the surrounding community since 1972. It is held on the 2nd Saturday each and every December. The parade steps off at 6:00PM at 58th Street (railroad tracks) and proceeds eastbound on Park Boulevard to The Shoppes at Park Place.

You MUST R.S.V.P. for this Parade

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No Bus service for this parade.

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Arrr... Order Your Beads! Order Your Beads

NOTE: Beads can only thrown from the
Starboard (Right) side of the float.

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YMKSM Foundation Fundraiser

Save the Date

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

YMKSM Foundation Fundraiser

28910 US Hwy 19 N
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 400-6996

Fun evening at Hamburger Mary's playing Drag Queen Bingo. All proceeds going to the YMKSM Foundation.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Marge Siemon - Philanthropy Captain

2015-2016 Pirate Festivals

I have identified and listed 32 Pirate Festivals for 2015-2016 throughout Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Antigua Island and Caymen Islands. They are all listed on the "Parades and Events" page by date. If anyone has another event that they want listed, contact the Webmaster on the "Contact" page.

Click on the events (Red Text) below to view web page for that event. You will see that some of these web sites are not updated with 2016 information. Happy Pirating.

NOTE: Updating this list for 2016 is a work in progress. dates will be updated as they become available.


Tybee Island Pirate Fest
October 8-11, 2015

Pirates of the High Seas Fest
October 9-11, 2015

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest
October 9-11, 2015

Key Largo Pirate Fest
October - Discontinued in 2014

Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest
October 24-25, 2015

Cayman Islands Pirates Week
November 12-22, 2015

Saint Augustine Pirate Gathering
November 6-8, 2015

Pirates in Paradise
Cancelled for December 2015
On hiatus until further notice

Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion
Cancelled for December 2015
Will be back in 2016


Pirates at the Port - Pirate Costume Bash
Fishlips, Cape Canaveral, Florida
No website or information for 2016

Treasure Coast Pirate Fest
Fort Pierce, Florida
February 5-7, 2016

Lake Park Pirate Fest
Kelsey Park, Lake Park, Florida
January 2015
No date for 2016

Matlacha Pirate Fest
Matlacha & Pine Island, Florida
February 2016
No date for 2016

1668 Sack of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
March 2016
No date for 2016

NOLA Pyrate Week
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 25 - April 3, 2016 (10 days)

Pirates & Paradise
Antigua, West Indies
April 2-9, 2016

NOLA Wenches Annual Shore Leave Gathering
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 2016
No website or information for 2016

Port Salerno Mermaid and Pirate Festival
Port Salerno, Florida
April 2016
No date for 2016

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Pirate Parade - Pirate Invasions

Fernandina Beach, Florida
April 28 - May 1, 2016

John Levique Pirate Days Festival
The 15th Annual Pirates Ball

John's Pass, Medeira Beach, Florida
May 2016
No date for 2016

John Levique Pirate Days Festival
John's Pass, Medeira Beach, Florida
May 2016
No date for 2016

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
June 2016
No date for 2016

Drake's 1586 Raid of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
June 2016
No date for 2016

Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest
Cocoa Beach, Florida
June 2016
No date for 2016

Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest
Cancelled in 2015 until futher notice
No 2016 event

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
On the water in Beaufort, North Carolina
August 12-13, 2016

Cedar Key Pirate Invasion
Cedar Key, Florida
Black Powder & Encampment Event
September 16-18, 2016

Perdido Key Pirate Festival
Pensacola, Florida
September 19, 2015
No date for 2016

Pirates of the Saint Juans Festival
Sanford, Florida
September 2016
No date for 2016

Southwest Florida Pirate Festival
Laishley Park 120 Nesbit St Punta Gorda, FL 33950
October 22-23, 2016

Renaissance Festivals

I have identified and listed 10 Renaissance Festivals (2 are NEW this season) for 2015-2016 throughout Florida. They are all listed on the "Parades and Events" page by date. If anyone has another event that they want listed, contact the Webmaster on the "Contact" page.

Click on the events (Red Text) below to view web page for that event.


Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire
12835 County Landfill Rd. Tavares, FL 32778
November 6,7,8 and 14,15, 2015

Sarasota Medieval Fair
Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
Weekends from November 7 to November 22, 2015

Camelot Days Medieval Festival
T.Y. Park, 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood, FL 33021
Weekends from November 14 to November 22, 2015

Orlando Renaissance Festival
3401 South Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835
December 4-6, 2015
(1st Season)


Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire
Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr,
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Weekends from January 16 to January 24
, 2016

The Dragon Festival
Wickham Park Road, Melbourne, FL 32935
January 23,24, 2016

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609
Weekends from January 30 to February 7, 2016

Brevard Renaissance Fair
Wickham Park
2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935
Weekends from January 30 to February 7, 2016
(1st Season)

Florida Renaissance Festival, Deerfield Beach
401 South Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Weekends from February 13 to March 20, 2016

Bay Area Renaissance Festival
11315 North 46th Street, Tampa, FL 33617
Weekends from February 6 to March 20, 2016

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10th Anniversary Alloy Medallion

YMKSM Social

Second Wednesday of the Month
December 9th
6:30PM - Till It's Over

Venue: Mello Mushroom
2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 712-1930

2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 712-1930

Good Food and Fun - Cash Bar

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Clearwater's Official Krewe

Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita was founded in February, 2002, and in May, 2003, it became Clearwater 's official Krewe for representing the City in local parades. The Krewe has The four Founders of the Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita over 250 members and unlike many other Tampa Bay area krewe's, membership in YMKSM is also open to women and children.

Membership costs are $375 for a single, $600 for a family and $1300 for a corporate. Membership is open to everyone, but you must be sponsored by an active member. Krewe members must also purchase costumes which are required to be worn for all festivities. The Krewe takes its name from La Santa Margarita, a SpaniThe Spanish Galleon, La Santa Margaritash galleon that sank off the coast of Florida in the 17th century. Krewe members dress as Spanish royalty and mariners, just as the original crew and passengers did on September 4th, 1622 , when they set off from Havana , Cuba , on their ill-fated voyage to Spain . Two days later the fleet was ravaged by a hurricane and 8 ships were lost off the Florida Keys .

At parades, the Krewe rides in a 45-foot-long, 10 ton, Spanish galleon on wheels. Painted blue waves lap alongClearwater's Official Parade Krewe Float the bottom of the three-masted galleon as she slowly makes her way down the parade route. Many Krewe members prefer to walk the parade route so that they can interact with the parade viewers as they pass out the Krewe’s signature gold medallion beads.

Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita is a civic minded organization that is committed to the entertainment of the citizens of Clearwater and Tampa Bay through parades, festivals and charitable works. Through Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita Foundation, Inc. our goal is to ultimately fund as many as three local charities and to establish an endowment fund that will allow our giving to continue well into the future.

Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita Mission Statement

Our mission is to create an organization that will represent the City of Clearwater through friendship, respect for each other, charitable sponsorship and community service. We will do this by ensuring that our membership entertains the citizens of Clearwater by emulating 17th century Spanish Galleon crews and the pirates that roamed the seas during that period of time during parades and other social events.

Official Proclamation declaring YMKSM as Clearwater's Official KreweMay 3, 2003, the Official Proclamation declaring
YMKSM as Clearwater's official Krewe

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