Gasparilla: Pirate Party in Tampa

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Editor's Note: Ever heard of Gasparilla? Me neither - been out of the Pirate Party loop and feeling a bit scurvy-ish too. No more. Here's a dastardly date to put on your calendar for 2014. --Heather

For yet another year, Tampa was pillaged and plundered by pirates. And of course, every year since 1904, we have made it out alive! Relatively of course – it was Gasparilla after all - Tampa’s biggest party day of the year!

South Tampa shuts down as the mayor hands over the keys to the city and the pirates invade, celebrating with their victory parade down Bayshore Boulevard! And yes, I get that this sounds totally silly to non-Tampa natives (and maybe others that live here). But seriously, this is one of the most fun days of the year here. It is wild and crazy awesome to people watch, participate in the parade, and just have an amazing experience...

Pirate Flag

Image: hyku via Flickr


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