NORFOLK -- Blackbeard the pirate is in town for the big Parade of Festival.
The Moody Crew pirates will be at Towne Bank Fountain Park giving pirates classes to give youngsters. They'll learn things like the pirate alphabet and how to heave-ho, sort of like tug-of-war and how to safely use weapons like unsharpened swords.
Blackbeard has roots back to the City of Hampton, where two Virginia governors staged spectacular pirate hunts, including the 1718 expedition that killed the notorious Blackbeard.
Upon returning to Hampton, Lt. Robert Maynard is said to have presented Governor Spotswood with Blackbeard's head, flag and treasure. Governor Spotswood then decreed Blackbeard's head be placed on a stake at the entrance to the Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates.