TAMPA (WFLA) – About 300,000 pirates, err people, invaded Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa for the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade on Saturday.
The Jose Gaspar pirate ship arrived Saturday afternoon in Hillsborough Bay and made its way to the Seddon Channel between Davis Islands and Harbor Islands. The ship docked at the Tampa Convention Center, where Tampa Mayor Jane Castor surrendered the key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
The Captain and his Krewe shared their wealth of beads and other treasures with the crowd along the 4.5-mile parade route along Bayshore Boulevard and Downtown Tampa. The parade included more than 100 floats, 5 marching bands of more than 50 Krewes.
News Channel 8’s Gayle Guyardo, David Espinosa-Hall, Leigh Spann and Staci DaSilva hosted the live parade coverage, starting at 2:30 p.m. on WFLA. Meteorologist Amanda Holly and WFLA.com’s Daisy Ruth also shared beads along the parade route. (WATCH HERE)
We hope you batten downed the hatches and didn’t miss any of the action. If so, don’t worry, we have you covered! Download our WFLA app to rewatch the festivities and share any photos you took of your booty and bounty, yes, we mean your treasure. Use the hashtag #PIRATESON8 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and we’ll add your pics to our gallery!
The Gasparilla parade is the third-largest in the country.
Remember this year to keep the beads out of the bay. Join the #BeadFreeBay movement to create sustainable city traditions and protect our waterfront.
We hope you all had a fun and safe Gasparilla celebration.
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