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Monday, Jan 26, 2015

Gasparilla

Some key events ...

Pre-Invasion/Concert
January 30

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
January 31

Gasparilla Music Festival
March 7-8

Gasparilla Distance Classic races
February 21-22

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
February 28 - March 1

Gasparilla International Film Festival
March 24 -29

The ship makes the pirate — and the pirate festival

The ship makes the pirate — and the pirate festival

Many things can distinguish pirates from the typical brigands, highwaymen or common thieves, but the main one — and the biggest — is their ship.

Published: 01/25/15
Young marauders roam Bayshore at kickoff parade

Young marauders roam Bayshore at kickoff parade

Saturday's Children's Parade provided a first glimpse for many into the revelry that is the traditional Gasparilla celebration.
Published: 01/24/15
Road closings, parking plans  for Gasparilla kids parade

Road closings, parking plans for Gasparilla kids parade

The City of Tampa is asking drivers to plan ahead for heavy traffic and closed roads around the Bayshore Boulevard area during Saturday’s Gasparilla Children’s Extravaganza events.

Published: 01/22/15
Updated: 01/23/15
History center’s ‘Art of Piracy’ exhibition ties in with Gasparilla

History center’s ‘Art of Piracy’ exhibition ties in with Gasparilla

“Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” written in the 1960s for the Disney theme park’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, is typical of the romanticized notions about the swashbucklers who sailed on the high seas.

Published: 01/22/15
Gasparilla children’s parade is swashbuckling fun for whole family

Gasparilla children’s parade is swashbuckling fun for whole family

Bid ahoy to young mateys along Bayshore Boulevard as they pick up all the plastic bead booty they can carry at Saturday’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the official kickoff of the city’s annual pirate-themed festivities.

Published: 01/22/15
Patients team with pirate krewes for hospital invasion

Patients team with pirate krewes for hospital invasion

Gasparilla is everywhere this time of year, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. On Monday, pediatric patients at St. Joseph’s and members of local pirate krewes created their own Gasparilla memories. This was a hospital,...

Published: 01/19/15
Updated: 01/20/15
Cuban bread flies during 59th Ybor Naval Invasion

Cuban bread flies during 59th Ybor Naval Invasion

TAMPA — The deck of the SS American Victory was covered with water, Cuban bread crumbs and palm fronds.

Published: 01/18/15
Updated: 01/19/15
Bayshore Blvd. bleachers going up as Gasparilla nears

Bayshore Blvd. bleachers going up as Gasparilla nears

In a matter of days, beads will be flying and thousands of parade-goers will be imbibing along Bayshore Boulevard when the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest returns.

Published: 01/15/15
Modest Mouse to headline Gasparilla Music Festival

Modest Mouse to headline Gasparilla Music Festival

Modest Mouse will headline the Gasparilla Music Festival in March, organizers announced today.

Published: 01/13/15
Tampa police will wear special pirate badges for Gasparilla

Tampa police will wear special pirate badges for Gasparilla

In any other city, police might not be so willing to let a pirate crew pillage and plunder their headquarters.

Published: 01/13/15