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11 Arrested During Gasparilla Festivities

Jan 27, 2019
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Tampa Police arrested 11 people, including five on felony charges during the Gasparilla festivities on Saturday.

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Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Saturday as Jose Gaspar invades the bay with a parade in tow. The celebration has been a popular tradition since 1904.

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The annual Gasparilla celebration is one of Tampa Bay’s biggest social events, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people to dress up as pirates and eat, drink and be merry.

Though people dressing up in costumes and “invading” the city may seem like silly fun, the tradition has also played an important role in Tampa’s high society.

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Vancouver’s Brock Boeser was more than happy to just be at the NHL All-Star game, mingling with some of the high-profile players he grew up admiring.

Leaving Amalie Arena as the first rookie to take MVP honors since Mario Lemieux in 1985 on Sunday far exceeded anything he imagined possible.

“Shocked,” the 20-year-old said Canucks star said, describing his reaction. “I never would have dreamt this any time in life.”

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The National Hockey League’s All-Star Weekend in Tampa took a slight swashbuckling detour Saturday afternoon, as an estimated 300,000 pirate-clad parade watchers and onlookers swarmed Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest.

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If you’re a fan of pirates or hockey, downtown Tampa’s where you want to be this weekend. Problem is, it may not be so easy to navigate your way there.

Gasparilla, Tampa's annual celebration of pirates, will be taking place Saturday, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn sees it as a signature event for his city.

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It's that time of year again, matey. Gasparilla, Tampa's annual pirate festival and parade, will be taking place this Saturday for swashbucklers and buccaneers alike.

Go easy on the bottle of rum, however, because law enforcement will be cracking down on drinking, whether you're on land or sea.

Tampa is going to be a rather busy city on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. The city will host the 2018 National Hockey League All-Star Game during one of Tampa's biggest annual events, Gasparilla Pirate Festival.


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A potential tsunami of tourists could be in store for Tampa when the National Hockey League's All-Star Game is held on the same weekend in January as the Gasparilla parade. But NHL and city officials are saying they'll be prepared.

Tampa has hosted one hockey All-Star Game, back in 1999. And it's hosted Gasparilla parades since 1904 - including the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2001.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said it could present challenges in terms of traffic and security, but this "balancing act" will work out just fine.

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Artists have been a part of Tampa’s Gasparilla annual event for almost half a century. This year, more than 250 artists displayed their works in the 47th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. And the judges awarded $76,500 in prize money to more than three dozen winning artists.

Gasparilla 2017: Street Closures, Schedule, Maps

Jan 27, 2017
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Despite the gray skies and cooler temperatures, tens of thousands of people are flooding into Tampa's Bayshore neighborhoods and downtown Saturday for the annual Gasparilla parade and festival. They may arrive by plane and car, but not by boat: the new Cross Bay Ferry service from St. Petersburg to Tampa will not run Saturday.

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Let's say you're hoping to run in one of the road races toward the end of this year or early in 2017. Where should you begin?

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The 2016 Gasparilla pirate invasion and parade this past weekend wasn't quite as rowdy as in past years, according to numbers released Monday by the Tampa Police Department.

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The excitement for Saturday's annual Gasparilla Parade is ramping up, but some local businesses along the parade route are closing down.

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Gasparilla season continues this weekend with the annual pirate invasion and parade in downtown Tampa on Saturday and a concert Friday evening at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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When the famous and infamous Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates invades Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 31, it will be the 100th such procession along Bayshore Boulevard and the streets of downtown Tampa.

On Florida Matters Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., we take a look at this year's invasion, and the history of this curious event. Our guests are Sgt. Jarrett Seal of the Tampa Police Department, and Shamus Warren, a pirate with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Author Kathleen Flinn comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. Flinn grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more. 

The family went fishing (on and off ice),  hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German.  

Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry. And her latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day. 

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UPDATE 9 a.m. 1/27: Andy Huse will give an encore presentation of  "Tampa's Rebels and Revolutionaries: Looking Beyond the Pirates and Gangsters" Tuesday, January 28, at noon in the USF Tampa Library's Grace Allen Room.

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ORIGINAL POST 3:45 p.m. 1/22: If you hear the phrase "Tampa outlaw" and think of the pirate José Gaspar or the gangsters Santo Trafficante, Sr., and his son, Santo Jr., Andy Huse would like you to think again.

The USF Special Collections librarian says that there's been other far more colorful renegades in Tampa's past that people don't know a lot about - and he'll talk about them Thursday night when he presents "Tampa's Rebels and Revolutionaries: Looking Beyond the Pirates and Gangsters" at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa.

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For the first time in 17 years, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest has no title sponsor for this year. Even though there might not be as many banners as usual, the fest will go unchanged.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino had title sponsored the Gasparilla Pirate Fest for the past 3 years but they chose not to this year for business reasons, says Gasparilla project manager Darrell Stefany.

He says even though he wasn't able to peg a title sponsor that won't change the volume of the event.