January, 2010 Archives

1/30/10 – Gasparilla Pirate Festival

Today Tampa carried out a parade in remembrance of a past pirate invasion of the area (Gasparilla Pirate Festival).  It was an extremely liberal festival, not as over the top rowdy as expected but still wild and crazy just the same.  This was my first visit to Bayshore Blve and the area provided a perfect backdrop to the revelry.  The street ran up alongside mansions with views and along the water which happened to be choppy from the rain and wind that persisted.  It was a very bead oriented affair and the floats seemed very indiscriminating as to their targets so everyone seemed to have some.  Sumners’ son Bailey definitely took the crown for most beads attained.

1/16/10 – Brooksville Raid

Got out to Brooksville today to see the Brooksville Raid civil war reenactment.  The announcer was money and also happened to be the cellist in the old timey band that provided the day’s score.  It was a quality event where the crowd had almost total access to.  You could visit camps and of course the trinket tents were buzzing with activity.  They had plenty of metal cups, bullets, and knitted goods. They even sold $10 refillable growlers of Sasparilla which seemed to be a big hit despite the steep price for root beer.

The battle was visually pleasing taking place in a fairly large open field with about 500 reenactors.  The show lasted about an hour and a half and was concluded with a final all-company salute.

Epiphany Celebration 2010