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  • Context-free Darling du Jour: “The Gasparilla was a gauche, unholy tragedy of faux cheer and incorrect nostalgia, but it had probably cost a fortune.”

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  • Gasparilla, which is more than a century old, attracted 350,000 people last year.

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  • The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, an annual event for more than 100 years in the Tampa Bay area, features a parade, fireworks, games, activities, a pirate ship and hundreds of people in costumes reenacting a supposed historic pirate invasion of Tampa.

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  • The small island off Florida's southwest coast has been lovingly preserved: The Gasparilla Act, a state law passed in 1980, put a tight lid on population density, building heights and commercial development.

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  • Another "dolphin" was reported from Florida's landlocked Gasparilla Lake in 2003.

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  • Did she do enough to fix the "behavior problems" visited upon homeowners by ever-growing Gasparilla Day crowds?

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  • But he has no problem organizing the city's annual Gasparilla celebration, which features a mock pirate invasion of City Hall.

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  • For its part, Tampa, where the game returns on Sunday, is pushing the main Gasparilla event to the following weekend.

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  • In 2001, when Tampa, Fla., last hosted the Super Bowl, the city decided that it would be a good idea to move up Gasparilla, its annual pirate-themed winter festival, and hold the extravaganza on the very same weekend as America's biggest single-day sporting event.

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  • There are dozens of islands near Fort Myers where the Caloosahatchee, the Myakka, and the Peace Rivers spill out into the lower Gulf: Cayo Costa, Gasparilla named after pirate José Gaspar, Captiva, Sanibel.

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  • “The center of that Creole culture — a Cuban and Italian mix, is Ybor City. That’s where Cuban immigrants set up cigar rolling shops in the late 1800s, and where Jill Wax opened La France in 1974. She started with the one store, then expanded to two. She has four streetfront windows with constantly rotating displays: colorful Victorian corsets and feathered hats for Gasparilla, Tampa’s annual pirate festival parade; a 1920s safari scene with palm fronds hung across the wall as backdrop to a mannequin wedding couple.”

    The New York Times, Snowbirds Cast Off Their Inner Fashionistas, by Jen A. Miller, April 2, 2010

    April 4, 2010