TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dozens of volunteers with The Florida Aquarium came out Sunday to help clean up after Gasparilla and collected 95 pounds of beads and 116 pounds of trash, the aquarium reported.
The 2018 Gasparilla is in the books, but signs of the festivities were still visible the next day.
“We see a lot of trash. We see it down the streets. We see it in parking lots. We see it in people’s homes,” said Jenna Biggs, the community engagement coordinator at the Florida Aquarium.
City of Tampa crews worked overnight Saturday into Sunday to pick up along the parade route. Most of the trash along Bayshore Boulevard was cleared when our news crews were out there Sunday morning, but they say there’s still a lot of work to be done along streets like South Howard Avenue.
Around 50 volunteers, some staff at the Florida Aquarium, were on-hand Sunday picking up trash. Some of the volunteers were even at Gasparilla Saturday and came back to help keep Tampa beautiful.
“I feel great that people are not only coming to enjoy it, but they are also doing their part to kind of help put it back together,” said Biggs.
The Florida Aquarium brings volunteers out to help clean up after Gasparilla every year. You can get involved by visiting the aquarium’s website.