Skyla Carter, 24, of Tampa, waves during the 2023 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
Thousands line Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday as Tampa is invaded by swashbucklers participating in the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
At the transforming University Mall near USF, some still shop and work, while others come for the vibes.
The fair announced kids ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by an admission-paying adult in the evenings.
Toni Morrison’s book is a masterpiece. But literary merit no longer outweighs empty soundbites.


  1. Penny Marshal, left, and Cindy Williams from the comedy series "Laverne & Shirley" appear at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 1979. Williams, who played Shirley opposite Marshall's Laverne on the popular sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," died Wednesday, her family said on Monday.
  2. Butterfinger and Marcus are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  3. Memorial Park Cemetery is seen Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Tampa. The cemetery opened in 1919.
  4. The downtown Tampa skyline is visible through a swimming pool cabana at the Tampa Edition hotel, which opened in October. Visit Tampa Bay reported that Hillsborough County hotels saw more than $1 billion in taxable revenue during 2022, a record.
  5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, pictured during a 2012 show in Tampa, will play Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday.
  6. Raising Cane's has hired more than 130 people to staff the Clearwater location, according to the company.
  7. Priscilla Presley, left, listens to her daughter Lisa Marie Presley speak during a media day for the "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" at the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel in Las Vegas in 2015. Priscilla Presley is contesting the will of Lisa Marie, who died earlier this month.
  8. Founder and guitarist Tom Verlaine of the band Television performing live in 2013 in Austin, Texas.
  9. Skyla Carter, 24, of Tampa, waves during the 2023 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
  10. Billy Adams III testifies Thursday during his trial for the shootings of Trevon Albury and Daniel Thompson in a Lutz recording studio. Adams said he killed the pair after Albury pulled a gun in an attempt to rob the studio engineer.
  11. Pirates with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla disembark from the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship at the Tampa Convention Center to begin the Gasparilla invasion in January 2022. This year, early morning temperatures on Saturday will be in the upper 40s along the Gasparilla parade route but will climb to the 70s by the time the day's festivities kick off.
  12. Patrons walk through the Midway during opening night at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 10, 2022, in Tampa.
  13. A copy of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" inside a book box in Dunedin on Jan. 26, 2023. Pinellas County school officials have removed the book from all high schools.
  14. Tampa Bay indie band Speak Easy plays on stage at the Destination Okeechobee competition at The Factory in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 21, 2023, for a chance to play at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival.
  15. Troy Meyer, of Tampa, is seen in this undated image from
  16. Peter Kageyama
  17. Journalist Philip Bump's first book is "The Aftermath."
  18. Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times arts and music reporter, is shown here when she recently took part in the "Dream Tapestry" interactive experience at the Dali Museum. She won this year's MUSE Award for literary arts from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
  19. The dining area of Rocca Italian restaurant in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
  20. Boulon Brasserie, a new modern French American restaurant, opened Tuesday at Water Street Tampa.
  21. The Dalí's "Dream Tapestry" is an interactive experience powered by OpenAI’s DALL·E. It transforms peoples' dreams into individual art pieces and combines them with six other dreams to form a collective tapestry.
  22. The Falcon's Fury drop tower ride at Bush Gardens opened in 2014. It was closed "out of an abundance of caution" after a fatal accident on a similar ride in Orlando last March, and it hasn't reopened since.
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