TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — By the looks of many, the 2022 Gasparilla Pirate Invasion was off the hook, but for a select few scallywags, it’s off to the brig.
Tampa Police police said in total, five buckos were arrested. Two of the total arrests were felonies: battery on a law enforcement officer. The remaining three were misdemeanors: one disorderly conduct and two trespassing.
Tampa Police said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also stopped five boaters who were under the influence.
authorities said six people were ejected from the parade route and a total of 20 vehicles were towed from the no-parking zones.
“The greatest outcome we can expect following Gasparilla is not only a city that has once again successfully defended itself from a pirate invasion but also a packed parade that resulted in minimal arrests,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Through our dedicated law enforcement presence, this year’s parade remained a safe event for the thousands of Hillsborough County visitors and residents in attendance.”