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    The Gasparilla Pirate Invasion!

    by tafurojo Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    Gasparilla - Pirate Invasion!

    If you are in Tampa the first weekend of February make sure you take a little time to experience a real pirate invasion! The Gasparilla Day parade is a 3 mile stumble down Bayshore Blvd along the waterside including 100+ floats with men, woman and children dressed as pirates throwing out beads. It ends downtown where the party continues into the evening.

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    Gasparilla

    by sarahjayn Written Jun 1, 2005

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    hide your hooch . . . fake pirates are coming!

    Gasparilla is a big deal in Tampa, but what it basically boils down to is a bunch of businessmen dressed in pirate outfits running about dead drunk and shooting off cap guns. Oh, yeah, and they hand out bead necklaces . . . mostly to utterly desperate girls.
    I hate Gasparilla, but its one of those things that if you are going to be in Tampa in January, you have to go to. The parade is walked by several "crews" that meet throughout the year to plan their costumes, the floats, etc. My aunt and her daughter are on the Krewe of Grace O' Malley.
    Anyway, besides the big parade, Gasparilla has sort of bloated over the years and now includes a Children's Parade, some marathons, and an arts show.
    Check the website for details on next year's Gasparilla.

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    Gasparilla

    by KARLPORTER56 Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    Craziness and fun.. 2006 seemed to have mellowed a bit...and this is a good thing.. It's just a huge festival with more than half a million people participating.. You can catch The Children's parade, The main parade (for everybody) or the night parade in Ybor City (adult parade) usually stretched out for around a month, There is a large Arts and Crafts festival and huge marathon down Bayshore Blvd... Lots of fun and Beads..

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    Tampa's Gasparilla Festival and Events

    by tampa_shawn Written Dec 8, 2006

    Gasparilla is absolutely huge in Tampa. It is a yearly must do for the locals.

    People do bring their children to these events but I would not recommend bringing children to any event but the childrens parade. This is a mardi gras type of an event.

    2007 Event times
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    Childrens' Gasparilla Parade
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    01/20/2007 - 01/20/2007
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    Price: Free
    Children, Festivals
    Bayshore Boulevard
    900 Bayshore Boulevard
    Tampa , FL , 33606

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    Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza
    01/20/2007 - 01/20/2007
    6:30 p.m.
    Price: Free
    Festivals
    Bayshore Boulevard
    900 Bayshore Boulevard
    Tampa , FL , 33606

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    Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Invasion
    01/27/2007 - 01/27/2007
    Price: Free
    Festivals
    Bayshore Boulevard
    900 Bayshore Boulevard
    Tampa , FL , 33606

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    Gasparilla

    by aligobs Written Sep 4, 2005

    Gasparilla is Tampa's celebration of a fabled pirate Jose Gaspar who supposedly raped and pillaged the city of Tampa over a century ago. Strange thing to celebrate but Gasparilla takes place during the entire month of February in Tampa starting with the kidnapping of the Tampa Mayor and ending with the Illuminated Night Parade in Ybor City. There is also a day parade that begins with Tampa's top echelon dressing up as pirates and boarding a pirate ship which sails across the bay into downtown Tampa with thousands of small local boats creating a flotilla. Really exciting and beautiful and something not to be missed if visiting Tampa in February. The Illuminated Night Parade is geared more to the adults which can very much resemble New Orleans at Mardi Gras. Great Fun! Again, not to be missed.

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