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24.01.2020 11:58:15 - Live streaming of the Gasparilla pirate invasion. TV coverage and live webcam stream.

(live-PR.com) - The Gasparilla Pirate Festival returns to Tampa this weekend, with the usual display of festivities, including the re-staged invasion, the parade and fireworks.

To watch a live stream of the main events:

www.myworldevents.com/parade/gasparilla-pirate-f ..

Event information

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a large parade and a host of related community events held in Tampa, Florida almost every year since 1904. The theme of the festivities

 

is an invasion by the mythical pirate Josť Gaspar (also known as Gasparilla), who is a popular figure in Florida folklore even though there is no evidence that he actually existed. The focal point of Gasparilla is the Parade of Pirates, which is held on the last Saturday in January and is often referred to as the Gasparilla Parade. Since its inception, it has been organized by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG), an organization modeled after the "krewes" that participate in Mardi Gras in New Orleans. On Gasparilla Day, members of YMKG sail into downtown Tampa aboard their large replica pirate ship and demand that the mayor hand over the key to the city. Afterwards, they stage a "victory parade" along Bayshore Boulevard accompanied by dozens of other krewes and community organizations.

The two other major parades during Tampa's Gasparilla season are the Gasparilla Children's Parade, which is held on Bayshore Boulevard one week before the main parade, and the Sant'Yago Illuminated Knight Parade, which is organized by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago in the historic neighborhood of Ybor City two weeks after the main parade. Each of these events typically draw about 100,000 revelers.

Gasparilla began in 1904 as an informal pirate parade that was only a small part of a larger community celebration, such as Tampa's May Day festival. It was first held as a stand-alone event in 1913, and over the decades, it has grown from humble beginnings to become third largest parade in the United States with a local economic impact of over $20 million and an average attendance of about 300,000. Eventually, it expanded into a "Gasparilla season" which runs from approximately mid-January to mid-March. Besides the three large parades, the city of Tampa hosts many other related events during this time, including the Gasparilla Film Festival, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Gasparilla Distance Classic, and the Gasparilla Music Festival, along with an ever-changing lineup of minor events. The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates was once closely connected with the Florida State Fair, which was held at Plant Field near downtown Tampa at the end of the traditional parade route. The fair moved to a much larger location east of Tampa in the mid-1970s, but it still takes place during Gasparilla season.

The first Gasparilla parade was held in May 1904, after Tampa Tribune society editor Louise Frances Dodge and Tampa's director of customs George Hardee combined the legend of the dashing pirate with elements of a New Orleans Mardi Gras / Carnivale festival to give Tampa's relatively sedate May Day celebration a new theme with local connections.[36] Early Gasparilla "invasions" was conducted on horseback or early automobiles, and though they were considered a success, the 1906 edition was the last Gasparilla parade held until 1910, when it was revived as part of a community celebration marking the opening of the Panama Canal. The 1913 "Gasparilla Carnival" was the first time that Gasparilla was organized as an independent event. Though the Gasparilla parade has been a stand-alone event ever since, the parade route once ended at the old Florida State Fairgrounds at Plant Field, drawing many thousands of participants to the combined festivities.


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