This post is waaaaaaayyyyy overdue!
Gasparilla is an annual festival here in Tampa. It celebrates pirates. Yes. Pirates. It's held every year at the end of January and is over 100 years old.
It's to commemorate the sacking of Tampa, then Ybor City, by the pirate Jose Gaspar who supposedly sailed up Tampa Bay and pillaged the town. The celebrations begin during midday when the Jose Gaspar, a restored ship, sails towards downtown Tampa along with hundreds of other boaters. The ship would then dock and the pirates would demand the keys to the city which the Mayor of Tampa would readily give.
Then the pillaging of booty would begin and the pirates would parade downtown throwing beads to wenches who show their boobies.
Gasparilla. Another debauched tradition of the so-called Christian Conservatives of the South.
(Photos from Google and the St. Petersburg Times)