January 29, 2011 by staff 

Gasparilla, Boats loaded with thousands of beads were directed to escort the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship from the coast. MC Hammer Can not Touch this blasting, a sleek yellow boat called group therapy delayed. Two women on board were 280 water balloons. Twelves case of pearls expected.

What were they doing all this? “Invasion,” said boat owner, Kenny Marshall, 45, of Bradenton As people lined up along the bay to watch the invasion, a 5-foot-2 Rignol Roxanne, 24, stood a few people back from the rail. She tried standing on tiptoe, but still could not see beyond the crowd.

Fortunately, 6-foot-tall friend Kenny Smith jumps over his left shoulder. What does he want in return? “A return of stress,” said Smith Hours before the parade, people walked Bayshore Boulevard, drinking and looking for a place to claim. Sipol Kyle, 26, unveiled her costume home Gasparilla, a T-shirt with gold-painted stencil pirates.

“It is chic, but alive,” she said. Pam Pritchards, 59, arrived at Bayshore approximately 8 hours with her husband and daughter, making her a bandana with gold coins sewn along the edge.

She said going to the parade to start a family tradition. About 350,000 revelers crowd downtown streets of Tampa for Gasparilla Pirate annual parade and street festival.

The pirate-theme parade will begin at 2:05 p.m. Saturday along Bayshore Boulevard with actor Jim Belushi as grand marshal celebrity. A street party has access to downtown live music and food.

The festival of Mardi Gras-type that happened in Tampa since 1904. The parade will begin with a convoy of vehicles, which includes memory police officers killed in St. Petersburg and Jeffrey Yaslowitz Baitinger Thomas, who was killed Monday trying to arrest a fugitive.

If somehow you have not received word of Tampa annual mock invasion – it is today. Pirates of hot water are not early risers, so that their invasion of 90 minutes is scheduled for 11:30 at the Downtown Tampa Convention. The parade starts at Bayshore and Bay-to-Bay boulevards at 14 pm, and ends in downtown to Ashley Drive and Cass Street at about 5:30 p.m.

Beginning at 10 hours, 12 hours Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival on Ashley Drive, Kennedy Boulevard Cass Street, cuisine, live music and more. Admission is free.

It will be sunny all day, cool in the morning with warmer temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70 in the afternoon.

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