January 21, 2011

Children's Gasparilla Parade

Tampa Tribune 'A Gasparilla feature since 1947, the procession has attracted increasingly larger crowds during its 64 years, even growing into a bigger name: Children's Gasparilla Parade and "Piratechnic" Extravaganza.' By GEORGE WILKENS

'Like the granddaddy Gasparilla parade it precedes by a week, the pint-sized pirate procession benefitted greatly by Gasparilla's shift to Saturday, Stefany said. Before 1989, Gasparilla was a Monday celebration, essentially limiting spectators to those in the immediate area.

'Moving the 2 1/2-hour, G-rated, alcohol-free children's parade from downtown to Bayshore Boulevard brought additional benefits.'

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