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Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates

The annual spectacle of Gasparilla once again descends on Tampa. Thousands lined Bayshore Boulevard as Krewes handed out beads along the route.
The Jose Gasprilla, packed with members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla is towed up the Seddon Channel as hundreds of boats join the flotilla as part of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
The Jose Gasprilla, packed with members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla is towed up the Seddon Channel as hundreds of boats join the flotilla as part of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa. CHRIS URSO | Times
Published Jan. 28, 2018|Updated Jan. 28, 2018


Members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla wait in line to have their makeup done the morning of Gasparilla at Tampa Yacht and Country Club in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times
Members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla wait in line to have their makeup done the morning of Gasparilla at Tampa Yacht and Country Club in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship is filled with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla members before it sets sail from the Ballast Point Park pier for the annual Gasparilla invasion in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times
The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship is filled with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla members before it sets sail from the Ballast Point Park pier for the annual Gasparilla invasion in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Keith Moses, 55, looks at his parrot Billy Bonez while waiting for the annual Pirate Invasion at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  | Times
Keith Moses, 55, looks at his parrot Billy Bonez while waiting for the annual Pirate Invasion at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla wait as the boat docks at the Tampa Convention Center. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
Pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla wait as the boat docks at the Tampa Convention Center. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Members of the Krewe of Tronando and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pass out Gasparilla beads along Bayshore Boulevard during Gasparilla 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa, FL. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times
Members of the Krewe of Tronando and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pass out Gasparilla beads along Bayshore Boulevard during Gasparilla 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa, FL. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Adrianne Harden, 17, left, fights with Victoria Montanez 18, second from left, over beads while sisters Chania Wade, 16, and Chanel Wade, 17, third and fourth from left,  look on during Gasparilla 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa, FL. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times
Adrianne Harden, 17, left, fights with Victoria Montanez 18, second from left, over beads while sisters Chania Wade, 16, and Chanel Wade, 17, third and fourth from left, look on during Gasparilla 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Tampa, FL. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Parade goers clammer for beads from members of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
Parade goers clammer for beads from members of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Gasparilla Parade of Pirates grand marshal and former Lightning player Vincent Lecavalier throws beads from his parade car during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Gasparilla Parade of Pirates grand marshal and former Lightning player Vincent Lecavalier throws beads from his parade car during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn tosses beads to parade-goers along Bayshore Boulevard during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn tosses beads to parade-goers along Bayshore Boulevard during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Christian Gribbs, 19, of Tampa, sports a pirate eye patch at the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Christian Gribbs, 19, of Tampa, sports a pirate eye patch at the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Parade goers clammer for beads along Bayshore Boulevard during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as they toss beads to the crowds. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
Parade goers clammer for beads along Bayshore Boulevard during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as they toss beads to the crowds. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Parade goers clammer for beads along Bayshore Boulevard during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as they toss beads to the crowds. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
Parade goers clammer for beads along Bayshore Boulevard during the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as they toss beads to the crowds. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Parade-goers hold handwritten signs during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Parade-goers hold handwritten signs during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Thousands of parade goers line Bayshore Boulevard during the during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Thousands of parade goers line Bayshore Boulevard during the during the annual Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times