Tampa’s weekend pirate invasion has historic roots - WNCT

Tampa’s weekend pirate invasion has historic roots

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TAMPA, F.L. - It's a pirate invasion in Tampa, Florida.

Every year, the ships take over Tampa Bay and the pirates come out for the Pirate Festival and Parade.  The historic event dates back to 1904.

The city always tries to resist the attack but the mayor eventually surrenders the key to the city to the pirate captain.  The festival is named after the famed pirate, Gasparilla, who terrorized the west Florida coast in the early 19th century.

Hundreds of thousands of people attend the festival every year.

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