Gasparilla Pirate Festival

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The legendary pirate Jose Gaspar returns each winter (usually in late January) to invade downtown Tampa. A full-size pirate ship filled with, ironically, Tampa's bourgeoisie, docks near the convention centre and showers the masses with beads and plastic coins in the Parade of the Pirates. Crowds are raucous and the liquor flows steadily. Families can enjoy the fun at the Children's Gasparilla Parade that happens around the same time.