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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The ship Jose Gasparilla and its flotilla of boats bears down on Tampa for the 2020 pirate invasion.
  12. The Scacciata Siciliana served at Casa Santo Stefano was one of the best dishes our food critic ate in 2021.
  13. "Jersey Boys" will be performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday and Thursday.
  14. Shoppers browse booths at the 2021 Localtopia in Williams Park in St. Petersburg, when crowd capacity was limited. The festival will be back with more than 300 vendors when it returns Feb. 12.
  15. Guests gather on the patio at Pizzeria Gregario in Safety Harbor, where outside dining is the only option.
  16. Cold soba noodles are served at In Between Days, a new sake bar and Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg.
  17. Diver Alexander Makris, 16, emerges from Spring Bayou with the wooden cross during the 116th annual Epiphany celebration Thursday in Tarpon Springs.
  18. Alexander Makris, 16 of New Port Richey, comes up with the white cross Thursday during the annual cross dive in Spring Bayou, part of the Tarpon Springs Epiphany celebration.
  19. Ceviche's new location in St. Petersburg features plush banquettes inside and an outdoor patio overlooking Beach Drive NE.
  20. A StoryCorps Airstream at Lykes Gaslight Park in Tampa. The Airstream and a StoryCorps team are in Tampa through Feb. 12.
  21. Busch Gardens in Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando are bringing back the popular Preschool Card, letting kids 5 and younger in the theme parks for free in 2022. But you need to go online and register soon.
  22. Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new "traveling water circus" that will premiere in Brandon and Wesley Chapel.
  23. Plant City, Dade City, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Brooksville will hold parades celebrating the birth of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
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