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Hundreds of thousands of people will be there.

This Saturday’s annual Gasparilla parade is a long-standing celebration that spans most of Bayshore Bouloevard and goes on for 4.5 miles. Hundreds of thousands of residents and tourists gather along the parade route, dressed in their fanciest pirate garb, swilling their favorite adult beverages and trying like hell to catch shiny plastic necklaces. But how did it all start? Legend has it that Jose Gaspar and his band of rapscallions attempted to take the town of Tampa by force back in 1904. After a huge battle, they were eventually driven back and the city was saved. Now, over a hundred years later, crowds gather along the shallow water’s edge in Tampa Bay to dress up, act a little crazy and celebrate another year in our magical city.
There are, however, ways to “do” and not “do” Gasparilla. First, you’re gonna need a schedule and a list of all of the streets that will be closed and when. Feel free to print this out or screenshot it, you’ll absolutely need it. Second, feel free to show up looking a little trashy. You’ll understand when you get there. Third, there will be some very elaborate costumes there, so prepare to take lots of pics. Fourth porta-potties are a highly valued commodity, so when you see one, use it. Fifth, please try to keep beads from falling into the water. It’s bad for sea life and must be cleaned up after every Gasparilla parade. Sixth, it’s a long parade route. If you are planning on walking the route, stay hydrated and remember…it’s almost 5 miles long. Make sure you’re up to the task. Finally, large bags, weapons, glass bottles and other potentially dangerous items are not permitted. If you have any further questions, make sure you clear them up before showing up with prohibited items.
The Gasparilla Parade is a truly monstrous event and it takes some planning. If you plan to attend, make sure you know how to get there and get back home safely. Remember that you’ll also be getting hungry, so try to bring something healthy in case you need it. And once again, when you see a portable toilet, use it! You’ll thank me for that one later. The weather is always a bit unpredictable. One year is cold and wet, while the next is hot and dry. Try to stay up to the minute on the forecast and be ready for whatever. Have a great time and I’ll see you along the parade route! Source: WFLA.com

Pub Subs For Everyone!

The 10 Cities With The Most Publix Stores, 9 Are in Florida

No matter where you live in Florida, you can’t be far from a Publix. They’re everywhere. Seems like every time we see a lottery story, someone won those millions by hitting the lottery counter at Publix. But which Florida city has the MOST Publix stores? Scrape Hero did the research.

Only 8 states have Publix. Florida has the most by far with 854. The next closest would be Georgia with a mere 207. Alabama has 87. The list rounds out with South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky has a measly 1.

  • #10: Pompano Beach

    You’ll find a lot of beach towns on this list. Publix has lots of beach necessities from coolers to subs to beverages and snacks.

  • #9: St. Pete

    Pinellas just barely made the list. Probably would be closer to Tampa’s number if you lumped in the Clearwater locations.

  • #8: Naples

    All those retirees have 18 different stores to hit the pharmacy.

     

  • #7: Hollywood

    No, not California. We’re talking that little beach town south of Fort Lauderdale. They have 19.

     

  • #6: Tampa

    Thought we’d rank higher on the list? Me too. There are 26 Publix-es in Tampa. Is that the correct plural? Probably not.

  • #5: Jacksonville

    Jacksonville beat us in Tampa by 1 with 27 locations, almost as many as our next one on the list… Atlanta.

  • #4: Atlanta

    The only non-Florida city on the list. Georgians love their Publix too. There are 32 locations in the ATL.

  • #3: Orlando

    Mickey and Minnie can get a good deal with BOGOs at the 34 different Publix locations in the 407.

  • #2: Fort Lauderdale

    Seems like there’s a Publix on every corner whenever I visit Fort Lauderdale. I remember seeing one block where there was a Publix across the street from, you guessed it, another Publix. Fort Lauderdale has 41 stores.

  • #1: Miami

    It’s Florida’s biggest city so maybe it stands to reason that Miami has the most Publix locations anywhere. There are 61 different places in Miami to get your Pub Sub on your way to the beach.  Just try to be patient to eat it while you sit in Miami traffic.

How To Get An Epic Costume For Gasparilla

9 Stores In Tampa To Make The Perfect Pirate Costume For Gasparilla

Arrgghhh matey’s! Gasparilla is right around the corner and before you know it, you’ll be scrambling to make the perfect pirate costume. We’re here to make your search easy by listing the best 9 stores in Tampa where you can find the perfect Gasparilla gear! The invasion of pirates will take place on January 28. Here’s more info on this year’s parade.

Whether you’re looking for some authentic pirate costumes or just need some accessories, head to these stores for all your Gaspy needs! 10 Tampa Bay (WTSP) made a great list with some good starter places. But if you don’t want to rely on Amazon or Etsy to get your stuff on time, there are plenty of local places to try! Tampa weather gurus expect a little rain for the Children’s parade, but at least the temps will stay in the mid 70’s. The invasion and adult parade should have gorgeous skies and temps in the 60’s!

[Source: 10 Tampa Bay]

Here’s our list of 9 stores in Tampa where you can find the perfect pirate costume:

Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny. That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards. After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind. He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex. He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!