Pirates warn of impending invasion of the city

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On Tuesday, January 16th, three steely-eyed warriors from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s elite Plunder-Team Ten Special Operations Unit infiltrated Tampa’s outer defenses and swept into City Hall, presenting the Mayor with a dire warning letter from their Captain, Christopher Lykes.  The letter, signed in blood commands that Mayor Bob Buckhorn meet with Captain Lykes at high noon on Tuesday, January 23rd in downtown Tampa to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the City, and avoid a long and costly battle.  The letter further indicates the Pirates are threatening to hold hostage an International Treasure, revered by 31 powerful dynasties and recognized by the grand title of “Lord”.


It has been rumored the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by a battalion of his fiercest pirates, is planning to descend upon downtown Tampa on January 23rd, 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 key to the City of Tampa in advance of Saturday’s historic Gasparilla Invasion.  Should the Mayor choose not to voluntarily meet the Captain at the appointed date and time, it is feared he may be taken by force and respectfully delivered to the appointed meeting place, reported to be at Lykes Gaslight Park on Franklin Street, between Kennedy and Madison. 


The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa’s historic Community event 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.


Media parking for the Mayor’s Raiding Party event will be available on the north curb of Kennedy, between Franklin and Florida.



Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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)


Contact: Don Barnes
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

(813) 251-4500