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Skeets Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2020 9:03 a.m. PST

Question for you Floridians-what the heck is the Gasparilla Celebration? I was going through a box of old postcards, most of which are WW2, given to me when I was a kid and I discovered this one regarding this celebration. It appears to be circa 1900 +/- the caption on the card says "U.S. Troops marching to sham battle". Any ideas?

Rakkasan Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2020 9:10 a.m. PST

Gasparilla is a celebration in Tampa that commemorates the alleged invasion of Tampa by Jose Gaspar. He may or may not have even existed.
It is an excuse for a lot of events that take place over two months from mid-January to mid-March. There is a main parade, a children's parade held prior and more adult themed parade held a couple weeks after the main parade. It is quite the event.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2020 12:30 p.m. PST

It's Tampas Mardi Gras but with pirates. Argh…

phssthpok09 May 2020 4:56 p.m. PST

Gasparilla (Gaspar's nome de pirate)supposedly founded Tampa when using it as his base of operations.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2020 4:17 a.m. PST

There is a good Wikipedia article that summarizes the legends about Gaspar.


When I was a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1969 and the 1970s, we took Gasparilla Day off as a school holiday every year. Aargh!


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