Gasparilla is an annual celebration in my home town of Tampa, Florida. each year in late January, it celebrates the legend of José Gaspar, a Spanish pirate who operated in Southwest Florida. the pirates invade the city in a full sized, working pirate ship, take the key to the city from the mayor, and parade down the streets in Tampa, throwing beads and shooting loud cannons. it’s truly an amazing and memorable time and was such a big part of my childhood. the parade is tomorrow, and as always, I’m sad to miss it.
I loved finding these historical photos of Gasparilla from the early 1900s, including the famous ship.