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Gasparilla Pirate Fest!

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Gasparilla Pirate Fest!

Each year, the world's only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, comes into Hillsborough Bay for the re-enactment of the historic pirate invasion of Tampa, Florida. After the mayor "surrenders" the Key of the City of Tampa to the Gasparilla Flotilla, the jolly Krewe launches their victory celebration in the Parade of the Pirates down Bayshore Boulevard. The parade is a magnificent site of over 90 floats, 14 marching bands, over 50 distinct pirate Krewes and the famous Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Lots of colorful swashbuckler costumes in both the parade and the watchers, plus festive music, vendors and fun food!...

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