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Gasparilla Invasion – 2009 February 9, 2009

Posted by Kim in Tampa.
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Gasparilla Invasion Flotilla

The Gasparilla Flotilla... (click on image for more photos)

Saturday, we boarded the Arcon to join in on the annual Gasparilla Invasion of Tampa.  This consists of a gaggle of ships, boats and other floating craft forming a flotilla around the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as she travels across Hillsborough Bay and into the heart of downtown Tampa where the pirates take over the city for a day of celebration and festivities including the Gasparilla Parade.  I have posted a number of  photos and one video on my Flickr site and, for those interested in a little history of Gasparilla, a couple of additional links.  Click on the above image to access my Flickr Album:

THE LEGEND OF GASPARILLA:
MYTH AND HISTORY ON FLORIDA’S WEST COAST
  (see page 5 of this publication)

SHORT VIDEO OF THE GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST

Here are some ADDITIONAL PHOTOS from the files of the Tampa Tribune.

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