Every year the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, is captured by dangerous pirates!

But these pirates are actually hired by the city to help celebrate Buccaneer Days - the opening days of the summer beach season in Corpus Christi.

Buccaneers are pirates who used to sail in the Gulf and attack Spanish ships, other merchants and settlements in the area during the 1600s. Today, the Buccaneers sail in, capture the mayor and force him to walk the plank as he announces the arrival of Buccaneer Days!

Held for more than 60 years, Buccaneer Days now draws more than 1.2 million people to its 24-day celebration. Fun-filled days of rodeos, races, rides, and carnival games help raise funds to finance scholarships and many other civic programs. In addition, a national orchestral music festival brings the participation of more than 6,000 children. 

Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, a non-profit organization has annually staged the Buccaneer Days festival in Corpus Christi, Texas in support of bringing entertaining, educational and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, proceeds from Buc Days has been awarded to students as college scholarships.

Held on the Corpus Christi Bayfront in the Spring, this culturally diverse event grabs the attention of South Texas.  It has something for everyone, including a ProRodeo, a Carnival, and two Parades.  More than 120,000 attendees line the streets each year awaiting the Buc Days Pirate Queens and Buc Days King scholarship contestants on the Buc Days float at the Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade.

The Buccaneer Commission’s mission is promoting tradition and community pride in the Coastal Bend by producing exceptional family entertainment that results in educational scholarships.

The Buccaneer Commission through its annual events raises funds to support education in the Coastal Bend. To date the Commission has awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants.

Source: America's Library and www.bucdays.com

Schedule of Events:

BUC DAYS

THURSDAY, MAY 3 DOLLAR NIGHT!

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival ($1 Rides, $1 Gate)

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

6:00 p.m. Dunking of the Mayor

7:30 p.m. 65th Annual Las Donas De La Corte Buccaneer Days Coronation (Selena Auditorium)

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

7:00 p.m. Ty Dietz

8:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:30 p.m. Ty Dietz

FRIDAY, MAY 4

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 pm Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:00 pm Gulf Coast Humane Society Canine Court

6:30 pm Another Level

8:00 pm Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:30 pm Ashley HomeStore MOVIE NIGHT

SATURDAY, MAY 5

12:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

4:30 p.m. Buc Days King & Queen Scholars Crowning Reception

8:00 p.m. NAVY ARMY Night Parade

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

1:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico

3:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:30 p.m. Shayna Sands

5:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

5:30 p.m. La Caliente presents… to be announced

9:00 p.m. CLARISSA SERNA

SUNDAY, MAY 6

12:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes 

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

1:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

2:00 p.m. Tae Kwon Do

3:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do

4:00 p.m. Independent Thieves

5:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

5:30 p.m. Independent Thieves

7:00 p.m. Latin Talk

MONDAY, MAY 7

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:30 p.m. Ruben & the Rolling J’s

7:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:00 p.m. Ruben & the Rolling J’s

TUESDAY, MAY 8

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:30 p.m. RetroFit

7:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:00 p.m. RetroFit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:30 p.m. Out of Bounds

7:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:00 p.m. Out of Bounds

THURSDAY, MAY 10 DOLLAR NIGHT

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival ($1 Rides, $1 Gate)

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

7:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:00 p.m. Myndfields & ChiliFunkHorns

FRIDAY, MAY 11

5:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

5:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:00 p.m. Ruben V

7:30 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

8:30 p.m. Ashley HomeStore MOVIE NIGHT

SATURDAY, MAY 12

11:00 a.m. Buc Days IBC Bank Junior Parade

12:00 p.m. Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

6:30 p.m. DMD Pirate Pub Crawl

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

1:00 pm Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:00 pm Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:30 pm Brewery Dogs

5:00 pm Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

6:30 pm Jake Ward

9:00 pm Roger Creager

SUNDAY, MAY 13 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

$15 ALL-YOU-CAN-RIDE WRISTBANDS ALL DAY!

12:00 pm Buc Days & Stripes Carnival

Petting Zoo presented by Stripes

On the Coors Light Buc Days Stage:

1:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

3:30 p.m. Antone & the All Stars

5:00 p.m. Red Dragon Pirate Shenanigans

5:30 p.m. Antone & the All Stars

7:00 p.m. OddFellas