Sunday, January 29, 2006

Tampa Invaded!

Annual invasion of Tampa, FL by the pirates of Jose Gaspar (an alledged event no one ever proved actually took place) Is the biggest celebration in our city on the Gulf..

Well, once three years ago there was a bigger celebration when our Buccaneers won the Super Bowl!

This invasion led by the ship (actually a huge barge populated by 300 pirates, and towed by one tug while pushed by a second) takes place the weekend before Super Bowl each year.....

Instead of imaging what 850 boats in one waterway 300 feet wide look like, just take a look!

The amazing thing in all this is that the least 2/3rds of them....end up in the turning basin by the Tampa Convention Center where the Gaspar docks and the scurvy pirates take over the town.

The day-long celebration attracts more than 100,000 people.

Yes, there is a little drinking!