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So, what's involved in staging Gasparilla?

Gasparilla by the numbers

95 floats

5 marching bands

4.35 miles of parade route

2 to 3 million beads tossed around


semitrailer trucks of water, soda and chips; one semi of ice; multiple semis of beer and 150 foam coolers — extra supplies Publix stocks at its Gasparilla ground zero store at 243 Bayshore Blvd.


people who attended last year's rain-soaked parade


television and movie credits Gasparilla 2011 Grand Marshal Jim Belushi has in his acting career


portable toilets available along the parade route

120 to 200

workers involved in set up and clean up

4.2 million

tons of trash that Tampa solid waste workers picked up after last year's pirate fest


law officers expected along the parade route


arrests made last year after Tampa police beefed up their presence (In 2009, Tampa police arrested 127.)


dollars the city of Tampa spent for the 2010 pirate fest

Justin George, Times staff writer

Sources: city of Tampa, Publix, Tampa police,, EventFest.

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