Pirates to negotiate Tampa's surrender in advance of impending invasion

Posted
01/21/19
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Last week, on a cold January morning three elite members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla stormed City Hall and demanded that Mayor Bob Buckhorn meet with Captain Chapman at high noon on Tuesday, January 22nd in downtown Tampa to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the City, and avoid a long and costly battle. 
 
The Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by an elite corps of his finest mates, will invade downtown Tampa on January 22nd, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. to the sound of theatrical cannons to “discuss” the surrender of Tampa with Mayor Bob Buckhorn in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion (January 26, 2019).  As the Captain expects the Mayor to resist, plans have been developed to respectfully deliver the Mayor to Lykes Gaslight Park on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison to negotiate with the Captain. 
 
The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa’s historic Community celebration begins on Saturday, with the Gasparilla Invasion, scheduled for 11 a.m. with the Jose Gasparilla docking tableside at the Tampa Convention Center’s Invasion Brunch at 1 p.m. Following the Mayor surrendering the key to the City at approximately 1:15 p.m., the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has proudly presented Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates since 1904.
 
2019 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
11:30 a.m. - Pirates arrive (noisily) in downtown Tampa via float, on west side (Tampa Street) of Lykes Gaslight Park at Franklin and Kennedy***
                 
NOON -  Pirates meet with Mayor to negotiate the city’s surrender***         
(*** indicates theatrical noise props may be used)
 
Media parking for the Mayor’s Raiding Party event will be available on the north curb of Kennedy, between Franklin and Florida.