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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!
Happy Blue Monday!