Families Have Swashbuckling Adventures at “My Pirate and Me” Event

Sword fighting is a great way for Rocky Loera and his 5 year old son Luke get into the right pirate mood.
Rocky Loera of El Centro and his five-year-old son, Luke, get into the right pirate mood with some sword fighting.

EL CENTRO – Along with their sons and daughters, local dads embarked on high seas adventures Saturday at the inaugural “My Pirate and Me” event sponsored by the El Centro Parks and Recreation at El Centro’s Old Post Office Pavilion to celebrate Father’s Day.

The Parks and Rec department held the My Pirate and Me event as a special activity families could do for the Father’s Day weekend and it incorporated the mothers and daughters as well into the fun.  Families were encouraged to dress up following the pirate theme, and many did indeed go all out with their costumes.

“We are hoping the kids have fun along with the fathers,” said Marcela Piedra, director of El Centro Parks and Recreation. “Any time we have an opportunity to do something for our children, we are really excited to do it.”

At least 70 people signed up for this year’s event.  The families were treated to a nice meal before being taken off on pirate adventures, including a treasure hunt that wound through the Old Post Office. Face painting, games, and a photo booth were other activities provided.

“My wife and daughters did the Princess Tea Party and they really enjoyed it, so we thought we would do this for the boys,” said Rocky Loera an El Centro father who attended with his son. “Father’s Day isn’t really a day that is really celebrated, so it’s a nice thing.”

“It’s an opportunity to just bond with them more and to participate with them that way. When they are grown up they can do the same with their kids,” said Francisco Piedra.

Daniel Estrada adjusts his 3 year old son Ethan's hat.
Daniel Estrada adjusts his 3-year-old son Ethan’s hat.