Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Fun day Saturday!  Been to the Gasparilla Parade numerous times, checked out the Gasparilla Art Festival more than once and ran the Gasparilla Long Distance Classic close to 20 times. (at least it seems like I have that many t-shirts)

But this was my FIRST Gasparilla Pirate Invasion.

Thanks to Darin and Kathryn who now live on Davis Island, they found the perfect spot for friends and family to join them for the water side of the party. 

The View at 9:40.

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

And three hours later….

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Lots of beads, beers, and boats between those two photos!

I very bravely squeezed my way through the throngs to stand on the seawall to get these shots. Very dangerous.  Seriously, not only beads get thrown from those boats, but I witnessed a few beers flying through the air along with many water balloons.  I asked the guys standing beside me to protect me from the missiles.  They did a pretty good job, I only got pelted by cheap plastic jewelry.   

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
Beads! The bounty of Mardi Gras, Shrimpapalooza and Gasparilla!
Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
Little Pirates just starting out the morning. Took Jack and Kendall a little while to figure out you really wanted those beads and you had to wear them!

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

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Ye Mystic Krew, in the distance, canons smoking!
The “Jose Gasparilla” with Ye Mystic Krew in the distance, canons smoking and guns blasting!

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
The Royal Court. Not quite as cool as the pirate ship, but I bet that was a HUGE party!
Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
The Rough Riders. Wonder if the horses are on the boat?

Fun!  Looking forward to next year!

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