This is the one of the greatest events in Tampa! The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a large parade and a host of related community events held in Tampa, Florida almost every year since 1904. The theme of the festivities is an invasion by the mythical pirate José Gaspar(also known as Gasparilla), who is a popular figure in Florida folklore even though there is no evidence that he actually existed. The focal point of Gasparilla is the Parade of Pirates, which is held on the last Saturday in January and is often referred to as the Gasparilla Parade.

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