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Plans underway for 2019 Privateer Days

Plans are well underway for Queens County’s signature event, Privateer Days 2019, slated to run June 21 to 23.

To get people in the festive spirit, the newly-restructured volunteer organizing committee has announced that entries into this year’s Privateer Days parade will be free of charge. The 2019 Privateer Days parade is a themed event, with privateering the spotlight.

“It’s designed to help tie the entries together, and in turn, to tie the parade into the central theme of the event itself,” said Jason Croft, media relations for the Privateer Days committee in an email. Submission forms for the parade will be available soon.

The committee is also looking for volunteers interested in becoming involved with the parade, or any other part of the Privateer Days event.

“Volunteers are still needed, and this is your chance to become part of the action,” said Croft. “As reflective of the Queens County area as a whole, we welcome and encourage participation and involvement from all members of the public.”

Croft said it is “the shared desire and direction of the new Committee to remove focus from our differences and instead concentrate on the ties that bind. Together, we can celebrate history, yet move on from the past.”

Live music is an integral part of the festivities, and this year will feature numerous acts performing over the weekend, said Croft. While the lineup has not yet been finalized, “Privateer Days’ calling-card attractions aren’t going anywhere,” said Croft. “Fans can expect the battle re-enactment, historic encampment, fireworks display, concert, and many other recurring crowd-pleasers to return, while perhaps anticipating a bit more than they've seen in recent years,” hinting that after speaking with several local businesses and community members, the committee has heard a definite preference to bring back many of the events and attractions from years gone by. “Some of the old classics and maybe some brand-new diversions may well be making a special appearance this June,” he said.

Privateer Days has been held annually since 1977, and is an inclusive event, open to the public at large, without consideration to age, race, religion or sexual orientation.

To keep informed about this year’s festival visit or the event's Facebook page which is “always a reliable source of timely updates. It's also a convenient channel for interested parties to communicate with event organizers or even to express an interest in becoming a volunteer,” said Croft.

The committee can also be contacted by email at or by phone at 902-354-4500.

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