Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gasparilla survival guide

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, better known as the Gasparilla Day Parade, has been a Tampa Bay tradition for more than 100 years.

The swashbuckler-themed event can be a wonderful afternoon spent along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and throughout downtown.

Or it can be a disaster.

It all depends on your planning.

And self-discipline.

The parade officially takes place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, but expect people to start showing up at dawn to reserve a spot and filling the neighboring bars until Last Call.

Here are 15 tips to help you have a safe, fun day while surrounded by 400,000 party people.

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