|THE ANNUAL GASPARILLA INVASION IS IMMENENT!|
Driving through south Tampa, yesterday, evidence of the annual pirate invasion was in full force.
All along the parade route (right down Bayshore Blvd), spectator areas were being fenced off. Food and beverage kiosks were being raised. And ROWS of porta-potties lined the median...all the way to downtown Tampa.
Homes, all along the parade route, are dressed and ready for the big day/weeks! (Wish I could have captured the homes with pirate skeletons climbing the pillars and on the rooftop. They rivaled the scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean! Bayshore Blvd. is dressed to the nines, but too busy to stop and take photos.)
This Saturday is the Children's Parade...a watered down parade geared to the young set (Thank goodness!). Children and parents stroll on a much-shortened parade route. They dress the part, and ride in wagons, on bikes, etc. So cute!
The Children's event is capped off by an early evening fireworks display...
Next weekend is the "official" invasion!
That's the day when Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla arrives in Tampa aboard the ship, Jose Gaspar. The ship arrives, guns blazing, at the docks of the convention center, were the mayor of Tampa hands over the keys to the city, in the hopes that the Pirates will not destroy it. Then the real festivities begin!
There's "Breakfast with the Pirates" at the Gasparilla Brunch, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival (10am-10pm) with live music from 5pm on, and FOOD...did I mention FOOD? Lots of it...everywhere!
Move over Mardi Gras! The Pirates are coming!!!