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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Seeks Creative, Energetic Mascot Performers; Pirate Pete Readies for Busy 2016 Summer Season
By JSalmon on 05/11/2016:  

Cape May – Lewes Ferry Seeks Creative, Energetic Mascot Performers
Pirate Pete Readies for Busy 2016 Summer Season

(Cape May, NJ) Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced that a recruiting effort is underway to find creative, energetic performers for the role of Ferry’s Mascot, Pirate Pete. Managed by the Raymond Entertainment Group, the Ferry’s mascot program is entering its sixteenth season of fun-filled interaction with customers and visitors.

“Pirate Pete is the Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s Ambassador of Fun,” said Michael Porch, marketing manager for the Ferry. “When he is around, people naturally gravitate to him and it’s a great to see the huge smiles and laughter coming from our younger customers when he’s entertaining them.”

According to Dave Raymond, founder of the Raymond Entertainment Group, prospective mascot performers need to be self-starters, reliable and engaging. “A playful personality is important and candidates should also have the ability to dance, perform and communicate non-verbally,” Raymond said. “If you have the inkling, it can be an awesome summer job.” Raymond added that performers must be physically fit to handle the rigors of donning the mascot costume.

Whether on the boats, inside the terminals or at a special event, Pirate Pete can be found having fun and entertaining guests at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. A favorite with children and adults alike, he’s extremely approachable and loves to have his photo taken with his friends and admirers. During the 16 years of the Ferry’s mascot program, many gifted performers have played Pirate Pete - including men, women, people in their twenties, and folks in their sixties.

People interested in testing their pirating skills should contact Dave Raymond of the Raymond Entertainment Group at 302-731-2000 or via email at david@raymondeg.com to apply. While in-costume experience is not required, it is a plus. All performers will be given basic in costume training if selected.

Originally named Lighthouse Pete, the Pirate, he now simply goes by Pirate Pete. Legend has it that Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) work crews made an amazing discovery in 1999 inside the Breakwater Lighthouse off the coast of Lewes, DE. The Lighthouse, which had been sealed up for years, was opened by DRBA maintenance employees who were assessing the condition of the structure. They were stunned to find a blue creature resembling a pirate accompanied by a parrot living inside the lighthouse. Since his discovery on August 18, 1999, Pirate Pete has been a constant fixture at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

For more than thirty years, Raymond Entertainment Group (REG) has developed a global reputation of excellence in quality, creativity and customer service. REG founder, Dave Raymond, pioneered the field of sports mascots with his innovative inhabitation of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. He was the original Phanatic, and his vision and performance skill spawned a revolution in the mascot industry. Providing leadership for his character branding company in Newark, Delaware, Raymond now wears the moniker of “Emperor of Fun and Games” at Raymond Entertainment Group (REG). The group offers soup-to-nuts character branding programs that develop market opportunities and plans, costumes, performer development and training, and growth management to generate maximum value from a sports or corporate character.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2015, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.

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Pirate Pete with young fans