1. It was short-sleeve weather the last time Tampa staged the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in 2020.
  2. The Jose Gasparilla ship pictured at the Gulf Marine Repair shipyard in Tampa earlier this month. The second A in Gasparilla is upside-down and backward.
  3. Hand-pulled noodle soups are the focus at Lan Zhou Lamen Noodle House, a Chinese restaurant in Tampa.
  4. The heavy specialty Gasparilla medallions and pins are a special treasure at the parade.
  5. The Jose Gasparilla, shown here in 2019, will once again lead a flotilla of boats during Saturday's Gasparilla pirate invasion. This year, the chilly weather may leave them with goosebumps.
  6. At the Florida State Fair, the "poutine sundae" features fresh cut fries topped with cheese curds covered in gravy. Then they add sirloin steak to make it a cheese cake snack. Located at DeAnna's Steak Sundaes.
  7. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs at Tampa's Yuengling Center Friday.
  8. Kid Rock performs during a break between the NHL All-Star games in 2018 in Tampa.  He will bring his “Bad Reputation” tour to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in June.
  9. Grab a slice (or two) of the Cup & Char pizza at Forbici Modern Italian — just a few blocks away from the Gasparilla parade route in Tampa.
  10. Men dressed as pirates took part in the 2020 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa. Both the crowd and the krewes will be dressed as pirates
  11. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster, for passholder previews Feb. 11 and will officially open March 11.
  12. Construction is underway, including two new rides in the background, at Adventure Island in Tampa. The park is undergoing its biggest enhancement in 30 years.
  13. The Tampa Sports Authority announced it is bringing the Tampa Taco and Margarita Festival to Raymond James Stadium on March 12. But Tampa organizers say they have learned from the past mistakes of the event's promoter and are taking measures to control the event.
  14. Jack Timmel, 34, and his father, John Timmel, 65, who are licensed harbor pilots, serve as the sail masters for the "Jose Gasparilla" pirate ship that leads a flotilla of private boats into downtown Tampa before its signature parade. They are standing in the elevated perch that the captains use on the ship, which was built in 1954 for the festival.
  15. Jim Zender exits an RV during setup for a previous Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The show, often referred to as the nation's largest, is expected to have more than 1,200 recreational vehicles on display Wednesday through Sunday.
  16. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  17. The Jolley Trolley, shown here on Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach, will become the Jolley Roger Trolley for free rides to the Children's Gasparilla Parade on Jan. 22.
  18. Chef Jada Vidal, right, works a popup event at Willa's in Tampa. Vidal, 20, has hosted a series of tasting menu dinner events since competing — and winning — on "Guy's Grocery Games" last fall.
  19. Captain Tiger Lee, 59, the owner of Pirate Fashions in Tampa, helps 9-year-old Evan Hughes as he tries on a pirate costume while his family watches at the specialty store at 4006 W Cayuga St. In the background, from left, are Evan’s grandmother, Gloria Hughes, 57; his grandfather, Joe Hughes, 65; and his sister, Elaina, 11, from Riverview.
  20. The ship Jose Gasparilla will bear down on Tampa for the annual pirate celebration on Jan. 29. The event returns after being canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  21. Grilled bone marrow with balsamic onions and citrus gremolata is on the opening menu at Taverna Costale, chef Fabio Viviani's new Italian restaurant opening in downtown St. Petersburg.
  22. Fans hangout at Buc's Beach prior to a NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 9. The team will hand out free swag to fans on Friday morning to get ready for Sunday's playoff game against the Eagles.
  23. Clockwise, from left: Roasted beets and apple salad, fish and grits, ceviche and braised short ribs from Wild Child in St. Petersburg, one of Tampa Bay's best new restaurants to open during the pandemic.
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