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Children’s Gasparilla Parade signals beginning of pirate invasion

Thousands lined Bayshore Boulevard as the Jose Gasparilla fired cannons in Tampa Bay to signal the beginning of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade.
Five year old William Gillen throws beads aboard the YMKG float at the Gasparilla the Children's Gasparilla Parade rolls down Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
Five year old William Gillen throws beads aboard the YMKG float at the Gasparilla the Children's Gasparilla Parade rolls down Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Published Jan. 19, 2019|Updated Jan. 20, 2019
The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship patrols the waters along Bayshore Boulevard as the Children's Gasparilla Parade marches on in Tampa.
The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship patrols the waters along Bayshore Boulevard as the Children's Gasparilla Parade marches on in Tampa.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
A skull and crossbones flag is displayed at the Children's Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
A skull and crossbones flag is displayed at the Children's Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
A skull and crossbones flag is displayed at the ChildrenÕs Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
A skull and crossbones flag is displayed at the ChildrenÕs Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
An unidentified parade goer points to floats as bead toting pirates at the Children's Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
An unidentified parade goer points to floats as bead toting pirates at the Children's Gasparilla Parade as it rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Young children toss beads from a float during the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Young children toss beads from a float during the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Kelsey Coppola holds her son Owen as they try to get the attention of pirates at the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Kelsey Coppola holds her son Owen as they try to get the attention of pirates at the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Five year-old Christian Minardi throws beads to the crowd aboard the YMKG float the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Five year-old Christian Minardi throws beads to the crowd aboard the YMKG float the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Thousands of parade goers line the parade route attempting get the attention of bead toting pirates the Children's Gasparilla Parade.
Three year-old Parks Blaze watches from the barriers as the Children's Gasparilla Parade rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
Three year-old Parks Blaze watches from the barriers as the Children's Gasparilla Parade rolls down Bayshore Boulevard.
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