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973307 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-02-05 08:30:00.0 UTC 2009-02-05T03:30:00.000-05:00 gasparilla-events-certainly-leave-an-impression Published 2009-02-05 08:31:06.0 UTC 2009-02-05T03:31:06.000-05:00 news/humaninterest DTI 47297468 I was out on Bayshore Boulevard last week plodding 5 miles before dawn when I saw signs of the season. ATM SAUSAGES ICE COLD LEMONADE And miles of gleaming bleachers and chain-link fences cordoning off freshly planted violets and marring the view. We know it's Gasparilla season. But visitors to Super Bowl XLIII must have wondered, just what is going on. In December, our City Council voted to designate the 4.3-mile stretch a scenic corridor and regional attractor. It's supposed to draw out-of-town visitors. Yet, our stately historic mansions are blighted with bright blue Port-o-lets. Signs offer cotton candy and corn dogs. Yum. We brag it's the world's longest continuous sidewalk with the world's only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, docked on its shore. But our sidewalks are crowded with potties, and our fabulous Tampa Bay view is cluttered. What the outsiders don't know: Super Bowl has conflicted with our annual parades, so organizers decided to push back the Gasparilla Pirate Fest by a week, leaving the setup from the children's version in place an extra week, said Darrell Stefany, president of EventMakers, which organizes the parades. I asked him what he thinks our visitors would think when they see his parade leftovers. "Hopefully they'll also see the pirate ship out in the bay," he said. "Hopefully, next year they'll come back to Tampa to see the pirates." The ship cuts an impressive silhouette (between bleachers) out at bay with its flags catching the wind. The Jose Gasparilla was named for Jose Gaspar, a gentleman lieutenant of the Royal Spanish Navy who turned pirate — or so goes the myth. He was known as the last of the buccaneers, inspiring the name of our hometown NFL team. The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will board this ship Saturday, set sail for downtown, demand the keys to the city from the mayor amid a volley of cannon fire and a parade up Bayshore, tossing their spoils of tacky beads that have rained down on Tampa for years. By next week, the sidewalks will once again belong to the people who jog, bike and run. The people like me. Signs of Gasparilla will be gone. Or will they? Phillip Barone and his fishing buddy James Betterly were under the Platt Street Bridge, at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, a couple of years back when their boat anchor got seriously stuck. It took the power of the boat's engine and both men pulling with all their might to muscle it free, Barone, 30, told me. "The anchor," he said, "was covered with pounds and pounds of Gasparilla beads." Elisabeth Parker can be reached at eparker@sptimes.com or 813 226-3431. By Elisabeth Parker, Times Staff Writer Human Interest_News,Hillsborough,News Gasparilla events certainly leave an impression EPARKERN TCT So Tampa City Times dhvr5 dhvr5 Along with those beads, eventleaves impression Tampa, South Tampa 2 tctcolumn020609 Along with those beads, eventleaves impression 2009-02-06 05:00:00.0 UTC 2009-02-06T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/02/05/47297468-gasparilla-events-certainly-leave-an-impression StaffArticle news,human interest_newsHuman Interest News ArticlesI was out on Bayshore Boulevard last week plodding 5 miles before dawn when I saw signs of the season.ATMSAUSAGESICE COLD LEMONADEHuman Interest_News,Hillsborough,NewsHuman Interest_News,Hillsborough,News<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">ELISABETH PARKER</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2288983 2016-08-10 20:52:30.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago bowl-eat-pizza-and-help-troops-at-tampa-fundraiser news/briefs Gasparilla Music Foundation launches Recycled Tunes Program StaffArticle 2290986 2016-08-25 21:26:49.0 UTC 4 Days Ago autism-eats-designs-riverview-dining-event-for-families news/humaninterest Autism Eats designs Riverview dining event for families StaffArticle 2291048 2016-08-26 11:48:43.0 UTC 3 Days Ago slain-nuns-leave-void-in-mississippi-community-they-served news/nation Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served StaffArticle <p>I was out on Bayshore Boulevard last week plodding 5 miles before dawn when I saw signs of the season.</p> <p>ATM</p> <p>SAUSAGES</p> <p>ICE COLD LEMONADE</p> <p>And miles of gleaming bleachers and chain-link fences cordoning off freshly planted violets and marring the view.</p> <p>We know it's Gasparilla season. But visitors to Super Bowl XLIII must have wondered, just what is going on.</p> <p>In December, our City Council voted to designate the 4.3-mile stretch a scenic corridor and regional attractor.</p> <p>It's supposed to draw out-of-town visitors. </p> <p>Yet, our stately historic mansions are blighted with bright blue Port-o-lets.</p> <p>Signs offer cotton candy and corn dogs. Yum.</p> <p>We brag it's the world's longest continuous sidewalk with the world's only fully-rigged pirate ship, the <i>Jose Gasparilla</i>, docked on its shore.</p> <p>But our sidewalks are crowded with potties, and our fabulous Tampa Bay view is cluttered.</p> <p>What the outsiders don't know:</p> <p>Super Bowl has conflicted with our annual parades, so organizers decided to push back the Gasparilla Pirate Fest by a week, leaving the setup from the children's version in place an extra week, said Darrell Stefany, president of EventMakers, which organizes the parades.</p> <p>I asked him what he thinks our visitors would think when they see his parade leftovers.</p> <p>&quot;Hopefully they'll also see the pirate ship out in the bay,&quot; he said. &quot;Hopefully, next year they'll come back to Tampa to see the pirates.&quot;</p> <p>The ship cuts an impressive silhouette (between bleachers) out at bay with its flags catching the wind.</p> <p>The <i>Jose Gasparilla </i>was named for Jose Gaspar, a gentleman lieutenant of the Royal Spanish Navy who turned pirate — or so goes the myth. He was known as the last of the buccaneers, inspiring the name of our hometown NFL team.</p> <p>The pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will board this ship Saturday, set sail for downtown, demand the keys to the city from the mayor amid a volley of cannon fire and a parade up Bayshore, tossing their spoils of tacky beads that have rained down on Tampa for years.</p> <p>By next week, the sidewalks will once again belong to the people who jog, bike and run. The people like me.</p> <p>Signs of Gasparilla will be gone.</p> <p>Or will they?</p> <p>Phillip Barone and his fishing buddy James Betterly were under the Platt Street Bridge, at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, a couple of years back when their boat anchor got seriously stuck. It took the power of the boat's engine and both men pulling with all their might to muscle it free, Barone, 30, told me.</p> <p>&quot;The anchor,&quot; he said, &quot;was covered with pounds and pounds of Gasparilla beads.&quot;</p> <p><i>Elisabeth Parker can be reached at eparker@sptimes.com or 813 226-3431.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:34:27