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Keith Carson (Captain Kidd Carson)

The two things Keith Carson is known for is bringing smiles to the faces of the young and young at heart, and his charitable work. Hailed as one of the best overall entertainers, Keith Carson has been seen at many pirate festivals and renaissance faires from coast to coast, telling pirate jokes, taking photos with attendees, and presenting various other forms of entertainment. As Captain Kidd Carson, he has been pirating since 2003. He visits most every children’s hospital in the State of Florida in character, reading to the children, posing for photos, participating in pirate-themed parties, and handing out piratical gifts.

He was raised in a family that taught him the value of volunteer service. His literacy program, Captain Kidd Carson’s Bookaneers, features pirate stories from various children’s book authors, all whom have donated books to the Program. On top of regularly visiting hospitals, Keith takes his literacy program to elementary schools, libraries, and pirate-themed events, sharing books and stories with children, inspiring them to read and learn.

Keith is also an ordained minister and runs a very successful business, Captain Kidd Carson’s Weddings, a full-service pirate-themed wedding company. He has been officiating pirate weddings since 2015 and has married couples all over the United States. He is well-known for his custom ceremony scripts that help deliver a wedding ceremony no couple will ever forget.

It’s not just pirate joy that Keith brings to the masses. He was also a professional Santa Claus, and spread Christmas joy for 18 years, retiring in 2023. During the holiday season, Keith portrayed Santa at the Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In 2012, he launched the Believe in Santa Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides visits from Santa to children in need all year long, including children living in poverty, crime victims, disaster survivors, hospitalized, terminally ill, or children of parents in the military. Visits include handing out presents and quality time with each child in an effort to bring love, hope and joy to children in times of need.

Keith served as a police officer for 25 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel, and as one of the most honored and decorated law enforcement officers in the State of Florida. In 2022, he was also inducted into the International Pirate Hall of Fame.