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About

Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, a non-profit organization has annually staged the Buccaneer Days festival in Corpus Christi, Texas in support of bringing entertaining, educational and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, the proceeds from Buc Days have benefited the Buccaneer Foundation, which awards college scholarships annually to the area youth.

Held on the Corpus Christi bay front, this culturally diverse event grabs the attention of 51% of Corpus Christi, over 258,000 people. This springtime event has something for everyone, including a ProRodeo, a Carnival, a Rodeo Tailgate Party, and our largest event, the Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade. Over 160,000 attendees line the streets each year awaiting the Buc Days Pirate Queens and Buc Days King scholarship contestants on our Buc Days float.

Vision

A tradition of changing lives through fun.

Mission

The Buccaneer Commission’s mission is promoting tradition and community pride in the Coastal Bend by producing exceptional family entertainment that results in educational scholarships for youth.

The Buccaneer Commission through its annual events raises money for the Buccaneer Foundation.  Each year scholarships are awarded to South Texas youth for their education through the  Buccaneer Foundation.

History

1519 Spanish explorer, Alonzo Alvarez de Piñeda discovered Corpus Christi Bay
1800’s Pirate Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates plundered and pilfered trading ships plying the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
1814 Pirate Jean Lafitte and his men aided General Jackson’s troops in the defense of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Because of that aid, President James Madison gave Lafitte a full pardon for his crimes of piracy.
1821 It is said that following this presidential pardon, Pirate Lafitte moved his pirate band to Texas and established headquarters on the present site of Corpus Christi
1917 Splash Days Celebrations began on North Beach. This celebration consisted mainly of a bathing beauty contest on North Beach to signify the beginning of summer.
1938 The first annual Buccaneer Days, a 3 day festival, was a descendant of Splash Days, formed to emphasize the beginning of the summer season. The Buccaneer Commission’s primary objective was to add more glamour and excitement to the event by building the event around the city’s history. The first Buc Days parade occurred that year and consisted of five bands, about 15 floats and a historical pageant and ball.
1941 Buccaneer Days is the platform the City used for dedicating the newly constructed Seawall and Bayfront project.
1957 The Bucarader organization if formed to improved the quality and efficiency of the parade.
1992 The first ever Buc Days ProRodeo is established.
2017 Buc Days Celebrates its 80th Year!
And Rodeo Corpus Christi will introduce a Concert Series!

Past Chairmen

Tommy Tucker | 1955 – 1956
Glenn Alexander | 1956 – 1957
Bob Flato | 1957 – 1958
Al Schmid | 1958 – 1959
Glenn Alexander | 1959 – 1960
Jack Estes | 1960 – 1961
Briscoe King | 1961 – 1963
Roy Wallace | 1963 – 1964
Roy Olsen | 1964 – 1966
Bill Anderson | 1966 – 1968
Thomas Walker | 1968 – 1970
Bill Keys | 1970 – 1972
George Gaines | 1972 – 1974
Gene Urban | 1974 – 1976
Jim Young | 1976 – 1978
Richard Durham | 1978 – 1980
Gabe Lozano, Sr. | 1980 – 1982
Bill Anderson | 1982 – 1983
Warren Shaw | 1983 – 1985
Joe DeLeon, Jr. | 1985 – 1987
Chuck Urban | 1987 – 1989
Bill Brown | 1989 – 1991
Arnoldo Garcia | 1991 – 1993
David Crow | 1993 – 1995

Fred Dotts | 1995 – 1997
Henry Garrett | 1997 – 1999
Carlos Cuellar | 1999 – 2001
Mike Yankee | 2002 – 2004
Bobby Gonzalez | 2004 – 2005
Stuart Sasser | 2005 – 2006
Mike Carrell | 2006 – 2007
Mark Crawford | 2007 – 2008
Eddie Garcia | 2008 – 2010
Bill Lathrop, Jr. | 2010 – 2012
Robert Anderson | 2012 – 2014
Lee A. Trujillo | 2014 – 2016