Monday, January 30, 2012

Blue Monday - Pirate Invasion!

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This weekend, Tampa was invaded by pirates! It's an annual celebration led by fictional pirate Jose Gaspar. It's Tampa's biggest party, with pirates and mermaids in Blue, a costume ball along with vendors and sponsors showcasing all of their treasures, a parade, a beauty contest, and even fireworks. You can read more about it here.

It begins with a pirate ship invading Tampa Bay. Please notice the Blue water and sky. Many boats are involved.

The weather was perfect in the low-to-mid 70s with a light breeze from the north!

There are many colors represented, but I know you want to see the Blue costumes!

People take part in catching beads, watching Jose Gaspar’s ship sail in, or dressing like a pirate. Some just go out to the streets of downtown Tampa and enjoy a bustling street festival. Lots of Blue here. I did not attend the Gasparilla events, but I did watch the parade on TV.

Here's a group of dastardly fellows, and more Blue too!

Do you like parades?

Happy Blue Monday!

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Marice said...

wow! that was fun! love the mermaids :)

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful photos Sally!

Linnea said...

I heard about this on the news...all the way out here in NorCali! Very colorful shots!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a fun event, and well attended!

Fashion Momma said...

Fun pics!

My Blue Monday.

Regina said...

Wow great captures Sally!
Thank you for sharing.


Lina Gustina said...

That's a great and fun event. So colorful and there are many interesting things to see :)

Vhen said...

plenty of blues! happy Monday!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Blue Monday!

Greetings from Australia♥

Jennifer McLean said...

THanks so much for hosting, I was thrilled when my butterfly fit the blue theme!
Jenn from

Eden said...

Beautiful photos of the celebration.

Happy Blue Monday.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This had to be fun...I would enjoy it!! When we were kids, my sister and I spent every summer in St Pete with my grandparents. We spent plenty of time in Tampa too. Happy Blue Monday Sally!
♥, Susan

Paula Grace Designs said...

That looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for hosting the blue day. I have a wonderful enamel sign give away today and one of them is a gorgeous royal blue!!

Jackie McGuinness said...

Great photos.
My first time linking up here!

Unknown said...

WOW!! I can't get over how many boats are entering that bay... this is awesome. Can't wait to show my little man the pirate boat towering over the little boats. I had never heard of this event before. Thanks for sharing--good time to come back to see your stuff Sally!

Bestfriend said...

wow what a love and fun photos you have Sally... i like the mermaid...:)

Posted my blue monday...

Czjai said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

My grandmother lives in Tampa, too. :)

Jeanne said...

Sally, This is a WOW1 event. So much fun to read about. Truthfully I would not attend such a well attended festival. Crowds are not for me.

I hope you are feeling well and getting stronger each day.
Happy Blue Monday.
Love, Jeanne

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally! Oh, look at all of the festivities! I love stuff like this! Your weather sounds like ours!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

JLS Hall said...

Looks like fun. But some of those pirates look pretty scary, too. Lots of lovely blues, though.

Happy Blue Monday!

Nancy said...

Looks like fun, Sally. Love the costumes. Have a great Blue Monday.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

It looks like a party to me!

LadyD Piano said...

Wonderful post and I do love a parade! I shared about pirates today also. Must be kindred spirits, like minded friends!

Annesphamily said...

Aye matey! How goes your Blue Monday?
Hee Hee!
My middle daughter is fascinated with pirates! What a delight this is! Thank you for sharing today!

Lesa said...

What a fun festival! Lots of happy people and lots of blue!

Ordinary Hiker said...

Look at all those boats! Is that normal? It looks like midday traffic, on the water, lol!

I love the blue costume in the last picture.

Momgen said...

Fun fun fun a lot of it...Joining today.

Laura said...

Thank you for hosting Sally!

I joined in this week-

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cassandrasminicorner said...

Wow, what a fun! Those mermaids are so lovely!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

looks like a beautiful weekend. We are not quite in the 70's here in New England...but we hope to be there in about 4 months!

Visits With Mary said...

What a colorful post you have today. I love parades, looks like a fun day for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally... that looks like a fun festival. I'm with you... I'd rather watch on TV. Too many people!
Happy Blue Monday!

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, my favotita is the first with these beautiful sirens.

Jessica said...

what a festive celebration Ms. Sally, great pictures, like them all :-)
Visiting from Blue Monday and joining for the first time.

Candy said...

AYE! Shiver me Timbers...a harbor full of jolly boats.
Blissful Blessings ;-)

LV said...

From the looks of this crowd, all of Tampa turned out. I love parades, but not in a big crowded area.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Great Pics ! Looks like a fun event !

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Sure shootin' I love a great parade!

My sons family would go nuts here. They take International Talk Like a Pirate Day quite seriously.

They dress up, turn the house into a ship scare the delivery fellas. Heck, the grandsons even wore eyeliner to church on the day.

This was fabulous Miss Sally!

God bless and have a fantastic evenin'.

Jinx said...

My daughter just missed the celebration! She is currently in Tampa checking out USF for next Fall. If she chooses wisely, I just may need to "visit" during parade time next year!

Tove said...

Lovely photos! It´s a bit like the Carnaval here! There´s nothing lika a big Parade!!

Tove said...

Lovely photos! It´s a bit like the Carnaval here! There´s nothing lika a big Parade!!