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March 24, 1970

Pirate's World
Dania, Florida
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This show is super hot with an absolutely cosmic Dark Star. The rest of the playing is sizzling hot as well, though there are few really extended jams. But the most amazing thing to us about this show was that it was at a pirate-themed amusement park.

Pirate's World apparently had a pirate ship ride where you could ride on a life-sized fully-rigged schooner down some man-made river in the park. Cannon fire from the enemy pirates along the shore raked the ship while the pirates aboard returned fire. There were also other rides, many of them refugees from Coney Island and the 1964 World's Fair, including a crazy looking mechnaized steeplechase ride. Historic movies such as Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny were filmed there. A cavalcade of rock groups played concerts at the park in the early 1970s, including, of course, the Grateful Dead.

Cragzop, a user on Archive, was at the show and relates the following story:

Prior to the concert, 5 of us decided to take the ride across Pirates World, sort of an ore bucket thingy. While we're waiting to get into our cage, who's in front of us but Garcia and his entourage...we wait and they get into the cage...a few mniutes later (we had an abnormally long wait) we get into our cage...proceed to go 1/2 way across the grounds, about 50 feet in the air, and the ride stops...we decide it is the cops who want to bust us (Fla. in 1970 was, shall we say, intolerant of long hairs) so we start smoking everything we have...3-4 jointz each at a time...paranoid, the ride finally moves and we get to the end and the kid who opens the door says "Garcia told us there were a bunch of heads behind him, and to make sure you got a good long ride."

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