Big dogs, little dogs. Black dogs, white dogs. Pure breeds and mixed breeds. All got to celebrate Gasparilla a little early.
Dressed in pirate suits and wrench dresses, the dogs were adorned with bling, hats, scarves, plastic parrots and more for the second Krewe of Alegria's Cutest Pirate Dog Contest, a pre-Gasparilla celebration.
Proceeds from the Jan. 12 event, held at Gaspar's Grotto, benefited the Animal Coalition of Tampa and Alegria's Kickin' for Kids, the krewe's non-profit organization that provides shoes for children in need.
Other krewes plan events this week in conjunction with the Gasparilla Parade, set for Saturday. They include:
For information, see www.interkrewe.com.