Dozens volunteer to clean up after Gasparilla


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dozens of volunteers with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful came out Sunday to help clean up after Gasparilla.

The 2019 Gasparilla is in the books and signs of the festivities were still visible the next day.

“Yesterday was a little messy,” said Emily Head, Development Manager at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

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 150 volunteers were on hand Sunday picking up trash. Some of those volunteers were students at Plant High School.

It might not be how you expect a high schooler to spend their Sunday morning, but they tell us it is important to them. This is their neighborhood.

“I live a block away and always come down Bay Shore and take sun set pictures,” said Baldwin Barnes, a sophomore at Plant.

“All drains lead to the ocean. You want to know that your helping in some way and it doesn’t lead to the ocean.”

Some of the volunteers were even at Gasparilla Saturday and came back to help Keep Tampa Beautiful.

“Even though they are going out the night before, they know the impact. They are ready to come out and make a difference and cleanup after the festivities,” said Head.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful brings volunteers out to help clean up after Gasparilla every year. You can get involved by clicking here.

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