Today is Gasparilla in South Tampa. If you’re unfamiliar with the holiday, it’s basically a city-wide celebration of the invasion of Jose Gaspar. It’s kind of a huge deal in Tampa. The town shuts down for the day for a parade (and day drinking).
The pirate ship from the local weather channel’s Facebook page.
We used to go every year when we were younger as a family, but I never loved it. Fighting for beads? I’ll pass.
But it is a big Tampa tradition and I’d much rather celebrate from afar! And it’s given me a different outlook on the skull and bones look. Seriously. Skulls and pirates are everywhere. We’d “collect” the perfect things all year round for our Gasparilla outfits. (One year, I had this amazing pink and green skull ribbon belt. Oh, how I wish I could find a picture!)
Meesh was busy making Gasparilla pops for just about every party today! (Borrowed this photo from Stacy’s Instagram.)
Whenever I see skulls on something, I get a serious tinge of homesickness.
Does your hometown have any fun traditions that everyone participates in?