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.

4 Responses to “gasparilla”

  1. pam said:

    will it make it any better to know it is going to rain all day tomorrow?

  2. Sarah said:

    What fun memories. It sounds like a fabulous time!

  3. Jen said:

    What a lovely thing to happen upon tonight of all nights! I just found your beautiful blog and was instantly smitten (Such a great design!)

    I live in Tampa, just a few blocks from where the parade starts on Bayshore. It did rain today, starting just before the parade and lingered throughout.

    Still, it was a something special..

    …throwing a few beads your way!

    All the best,