PIRATES WILL BE HEARD IN ADVANCE OF REQUEST FOR THE MAYOR TO SURRENDER THE CITY
The Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by an elite corps of his finest mates, are planning to visit downtown Tampa on Tuesday, January 22nd, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. accompanied by the customary theatrical noise props (cannons) to "discuss" with Mayor Bob Buckhorn the advantages in surrendering the City of Tampa in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion. The actual negotiation is rumored to begin around noon, with the Mayor respectfully escorted to meet up with the Captain on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison.
The 2013 Gasparilla Pirate Fest will be held on Saturday, January 26th in downtown Tampa. The Gasparilla Invasion is 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 presented Tampa’s historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates since 1904.
Media parking will be available on the north curb of Kennedy, between Franklin and Florida.
2013 GASPARILLA RAIDING PARTY
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
11:30 a.m. Pirates arrive (noisily) in downtown Tampa via float, on west side (Tampa Street) of Lykes Gaslight Park ***
NOON Pirates meet with Mayor to negotiate the city's surrender***
(*** indicates theatrical noise props may be used)