1. 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.
  2. Patrons walk through the Midway during opening night at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 10, 2022, in Tampa.
  3. 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.
  4. Boulon Brasserie, a new modern French American restaurant, opened Tuesday at Water Street Tampa.
  5. 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.
  6. A pirate gives beads to partiers along Bayshore Boulevard during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.
  7. Four generations show what it's like to toss beads from the Royal Float of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. From left are Hudson Clarke (Bryan Clarke's 10-year-old son and a royal page), Richard S. Clarke Sr., 95, Richard S. Clarke Jr., 69, and Bryan T. Clarke, 38, a Tampa veterinarian. They will all participate in the Gasparilla parade Jan. 28.
  8. Ric Flair, a WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time heavyweight champion, will be this year's Gasparilla grand marshal.
  9. Hemingway, a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was estimated to be about 37 years old. He was found stranded off Fiesta Key in July 2019.
  10. Bounce the Mall, a tour of elaborate inflatables, will be setting up shop at Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg from Jan. 28-Feb. 19.
  11. Boat renters drive off with a boat owned by Rory Conforti at the Seminole Boat Ramp on Jan. 15, 2023, in Clearwater. Conforti owns several boats, which he rents through GetMyBoat, a boat rental and water experience marketplace similar to Airbnb.
  12. Area cities celebrate Mother Earth on the unofficial Florida Arbor Day in January. [LARA CERRI, Times] -- 2011
  13. The Glazer Children's Museum is getting a skeleton of the largest triceratops ever discovered for a new display that will open Memorial Day weekend. Nicknamed "Big John," the record-setter is nearly 26 feet long and 10 feet high.
  14. Pirates with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla blast cannons as they approach the Tampa Convention Center aboard the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship to begin the Gasparilla invasion Saturday in Tampa.
  15. From left, Sofia Rabelo, Emmy Auger and her sister Rylie Auger toss beads along with their shipmates from the Argh-Argh float during the 2020 Children's Gasparilla Parade in Tampa.
  16. The national touring company of the hit musical "Hamilton" will end its run at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Jan. 22.
  17. Parade goers gather for the start of the 34th annual MLK Dream Big Weekend Parade in 2020 along First Avenue S in downtown St. Petersburg.
  18. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, left, owns the National Wrestling Alliance, once the industry's premier organization. Pictured with him is the NWA's television announcer Kyle Davis.
  19. A make-your-own-bao dish with roasted duck is served at Sarasota's Meliora, our critic's pick for the best new restaurant to open in 2022.
  20. TRON, the long-awaited ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom based on the 1982 film, is set to open in April.
  21. Bounce the Mall, a tour of elaborate inflatables, will be setting up shop at Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg Jan. 28-Feb. 19.
  22. Tacos at Martha's Mexican Restaurant in Kenneth City were among some of the best dishes our food critic had in 2022.
  23. Vanlifers will gather in Dade City from Feb. 3 through Feb. 6, 2023 as part of the Florida Vanlife Gathering. This photo was taken by the event's cofounder, Zach Daudert, during his travels.
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