Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue Monday - Parade of Pirates

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Ahoy mates! Every year Tampa celebrates Gasparilla invasion by pirates with guns blasting, and parades. They've come to steal the key to the city. The mayor at first holds tight, but eventually gives up--with the request that the key be returned tomorrow. It's all in good fun, of course.

The photo below instructs the public how to dress like a pirate: "show off tattoos, tri-corner hats, fishnet stockings and puffy shirts." (source) The guns are toys. Blue is a good choice for the outer coat.

This picture shows the pirates leaving their ship. They're searching for the mayor.

Beads are thrown to the crowd.

If you look closely, you will see Blue beads around this pirates neck.

This year the crowd numbered over 200,000. This is why I do not go; I hate crowds!

Would you choose to be in the crowd?

Happy Blue Monday!


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Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Hi Sally, it really does look crowded! However, it must be great fun and I am sure there would lots of photo opportunities.
Thanks for hosting!

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, I tried to link last night and your post wasn't up. I was worried about you. Now I am your first link. What a surprise. A good surprise though.

Pirates day in Tampa looks like a fun time. They go all out don't they? As for me, I would not attend anything with a crowd like that. Yikes! I am bot happy in big crowds. My children and husband would all be there having a ball though.

Have a very good Blue Monday day my sweet friend.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Hi Sally
Looks fun and busy, and yes I'm sure I'd be right in the middle of the crowd heave ho ma hearty and all that! I'm not sure you'd like the crowds at the Aussie Open though although once you are seated it's fine!
Wren x

LV said...

Trust all is well with you. I got scared when your link was not in on schedule. Was going to be calling if we had not heard from you.

Linda Kay said...

Looks like fun, Sally....but I wouldn't be there either. Too many people for me.

Debbie at Travel with Intent said...

A nice idea but those crowds are rather discouraging!
Happy Blue Monday!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh Sally how fun. I'll have to show The Cowboy he is all into pirates for our Halloween porch! Thanks for sharing. I just linked. Have a good party!

Jeannie Marie said...

When I saw the pictures I thought you braved the crowds...i'm with you, I do not want to be in that kind of crowd either.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Sally. I never join in with crowds or even large groups. Watching Special Events on TV is just fine with me. Thanks Sally for Blue Monday today. Love joining in.

Sarah said...

Sally, it looks like fun, but I'm not one to go to things that generate huge crowds. I'd rather watch from afar.
Happy Blue Monday! Thanks for hosting.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pirates Day in Tampa looks like fun, Sally! I enjoyed seeing these photos form the event. I don't mind crowds all that much. Having lived most my life in NYC I am used to! Happy Blue Monday!

joyh82 said...

Looks like fun but yes I get a little claustrophobic in crowds that large.
Happy Blue Monday!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fun pics! But too crowded to be there:) Have a happy week, Sally!

Jim said...

Looks like a lot of fun.

Jim said...

Looks like a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,

Hastings, on the UK South Coast, has a Pirate Festival every year too. Like you I tend to avoid these events these days as they're just so busy! Having to use my wheelchair in a crowd is not a great. Glad you found some great images to show us though :-)

Have a great week,

Annesphamily said...

Hi Sally, I came over too early last night and forgot to post until later today. Glad I caught you here! We had a similar experience this past September in the town here I leave, Northglenn. It was a weekend long pirate fest! Sweet photos. Have a great week. Hugs!

Lea said...

I would probably go to it just once, but I don't like huge crowds either. Thanks for hosting Blue Monday!

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