Another year has passed, and I have survived Gasparilla with my dignity and limbs in tact. I saw a couple people along the way that didn’t fare as well as I did, but I’m sure they will be okay. I warned of the perils in my Gasparilla Survival Guide prior to the parade, but I don’t think they got the memo.
Overall, it was an eventful day: full of pirates, scallywags and beads. There was also a scavenger hunt, tons of drunk people, fights and damaged property. The festival organizers, and hired police departments do their best to keep the festival safe for all, and this year was no different. A big thanks goes out to the Manatee officers that took a moment to help us secure one of our scavenger items, and made me a junior deputy.
If you didn’t get the chance to experience the fun this year, I thought it might be fun to share my experience.
I found this guy the week of Gasparilla outside a store in Richmond, VA. Until then I wasn’t in a Gasparilla mood, but he perked me right up.
Our first stop of the day was Yard of Ale in Soho. Here we secured our first scavenger item, putting my team in the lead.
This poster is fantastic! I actually took his advice this year and pillaged responsibly.
After you’ve been walking for what feels like forever you have to stop for a bite. I don’t think they had a permit, nor do they exist anywhere other than that day, but that hot dog hit the spot.
I like to call this the “Pirate Drunk Train.” A genius took a bunch of coolers, added wheels, and latched them together with a motor. He drives his friends around the parade. Somehow seeing this year after year never gets old.
As you can see toilet paper is a must. Also, this is a good reason to spend the money on tent access next year.
And, finally, a short video for your viewing pleasure.