NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- The Mariners' Museum will abound with blousy shirts, bandanas and eye patches this weekend as it attempts to claim the Guinness title for the largest gathering of pirates.
The Newport News home of the Civil War ironclad Monitor's turret is aiming Saturday to top the 2012 mark of a mass gathering of pirates --14,231. It was set by the English town of Hastings. The quest for a record is a highlight of a pirate festival in the museum's 550-acre park.
The Mariners' Museum needs 14,232 pirates to show up Saturday by 2:00 p.m., when the official count will be done.
"We are running shuttle service from Todd Stadium, City Center and Newport News Shipbuilding," said public relations director John Warren.
He said it's easier than you think to dress like a pirate -- just roll up your slacks or shorts, wear a white shirt and grab a hat or an eye patch.
According to Guinness World Records, a pirate outfit includes the aforementioned items, as well as a toy sword, a "wench shirt," a parrot and Capri pants, or rolled up slacks.
Besides the record-breaking attempt, the festival will also include children's games and crafts, merchandise and entertainment. The event is free.
The museum is located at 100 Museum Drive. Contact 596-2222 or go to the Mariners' Museum Website.