TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As pirates gear up to take over Tampa Bay, the Tampa Police Department Specialty Unit is preparing to keep parade goers safe on Saturday.

Over the next five days, TPD will showcase a variety of its special units and other resources that work together to ensure the safety of those in attendance for Gasparilla.

On Monday, the police department will give an up close and personal perspective on how officers protect patrons by land, air, and sea.

You can watch our coverage of the pirate invasion and parade online and on air. Coverage of the invasion will begin on WFLA Now at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The Parade of Pirates will be broadcast on News Channel 8 at 2:30 p.m.