Members of Ye Mystic Krewe step from the Jose Gasparilla into the revelry at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday.
With an international audience swelled by the Super Bowl, the downtown pirate invasion thrills a record crowd. Story and photos
Children of all ages enjoy parade
Saturday's festivities were a calmer alternative to the adult version of Gasparilla on Jan. 27.
First party, then play
The city has hosted two Super Bowls before, but its punch bowl was never as full as it was Saturday. More Gasparilla photos.
Super ticket search continues at festival
As Gasparilla got under way Saturday, dozens meandered through the mob holding out hope they could score Super Bowl tickets in the waning hours before Sunday's game.
Its party time for pirates
Gasparilla is to Tampa what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. It's our time to parade, throw beads, celebrate.
A diverse Gasparilla appeases its critics
TAMPA -- Sandy Freedman dates her disillusionment to the food fight.
Costumers customers go for spiffier
The Super Bowl is behind the demand for fancier Gasparilla parade threads this year, say two partners who've been making them since 1987.
- Your Guide to the Krewes
Two new krewes join the 27 already in existence for this year's celebration. Come along and see whos who among the krewes and what theyll be wearing.
Parade lets advertisers reach thousands of eyes
TAMPA -- Since May, a dozen marketing executives from Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis and Sea World in Orlando have strategized, conceptualized, brainstormed, budgeted, planned, reviewed and ultimately approved what could be the theme park's most important advertisement of 2001.
Pirate parade should hook bigger crowd
TAMPA -- For those who haven't heard, the pirate hordes descend on Tampa today.
Gasparilla 2001 schedule
INVASION -- The flotilla sails through Hillsborough Bay, starting at 11:30 a.m. Vantage points are Davis Islands, Harbour Island and around the Tampa Convention Center. At 1 p.m., the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship will dock at the Tampa Convention Center.
Mardi Gras, Tampa style
The yearly pirate invasion started nearly a century ago and has developed into one big party -- complete with beads, booze and lively music.
At Pirate Fest, parking could take battle plan
TAMPA -- You've decided you absolutely must attend this year's Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Now what do you do?
Tents provide prime parade view
The number of corporate sponsors' tents has risen by about 14 this year. The tents can hold from 60 to 1,200 people.
The Gasparilla song youll never hear
Contract issues may mean a song recorded just for the famed Tampa celebration will never be released.
Voyage into GasparillaÆs past
"Pirates and Pearls" at UT's Henry B. Plant Museum offers memorabilia and artifacts from the bay area celebration.
Tampas SoHo -- Its to dine for
From upscale spots to suit the rich to pizza joints for the average Joe, there's an eclectic flavor about the culture -- and the appetizing cuisine -- in Tampa's Soho to appease all taste buds.
Some genuinely super Florida spots
Super Bowl visitors who tire of the mobs and hoopla may want to punctuate their visit with glimpses of down-to-earth Florida. Here are 10 sites that offer much diversion for little expense.
Get Away: Down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.