Photos: All the pirates, scallywags and rowdy revelers we saw at Tampa's 2023 Gasparilla parade
An estimated 300,000 people found themselves stumbling up and down Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard and downtown on Saturday, for the 2023 Gasparilla parade.
Tampa police say they only arrested three of you, which is pretty impressive considering how all of the pirates and scallywags are always on their worst behavior.
For the uninitiated, Gasparilla is more-than-a-century-old Tampeño tradition centered around a mythical pirate, José Gaspar, who rounds up krewes of pirates for a water invasion and takeover of the city before then parading down Bayshore boulevard in a march, which organizers say is the third-largest parade in America.
While invasion day is a revelatory affair, The Krewe of Venus (a women's organization) was not allowed to join until 1966. The party's main krewe, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, only after scrutiny following the Super Bowl Played in Tampa that year, did not start accepting Black men as members until 1991.
Indeed, it would seem things aaarrrrrrgh improving.
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