January 19, 2011

Gasparilla

Tampa Bay Online Hear stories of Tampa pirates from their queens

'BEACH PARK - To kick off its new exhibit, "Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition," the Henry B. Plant Museum will host a free event, "Gasparilla: Tall Tales & Scandalous Stories."

'Former queens of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will be the panelists for the event, set for 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Plant Hall's music room on The University of Tampa Campus.

'Participants are June Annis, Laura Bentley, Robin DeLavergne, Leslie Dobbins and Betty Wood. Richard Clarke Sr. will moderate the discussion.

'"Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition" explores Tampa's premier party and will be on display Thursday through Feb. 20.

'It features coronation robes, ball invitations, programs, crowns and costumes as well as vintage photographs of the invasion, parade floats, pirates and royal courts.'

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