Pirates are coming back to Tampa this weekend.
As most locals know, for over 100 years our city has hosted the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in homage to the well-known (and fictional) pirate Jose Gaspar. The first pirate "krewe" (Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla) first 'invaded' Tampa in 1904, and inspired the 50+ krewes that will make up tomorrow's parade.
Gasparilla has always drawn a crowd, but organizers say this year will be even more crowded due to last year's COVID-related cancellation. There's a lot of pent-up energy to get out of the house, say organizers. Additionally, there will be no limits as far as crowds or mask mandates. This weekend's festival will potentially draw 300,000 people to Bayshore Boulevard for the parade of pirate krewes, floats, musicians, and dance troupes.
Heightened Police Presence to Combat DUI
Of course, with pirate festivities comes rum—and Tampa Police Department is well prepared. They've been preparing for weeks to manage the crowds, urging boaters to stay on land and for visitors to prepare for heavy traffic. You can be sure they'll be cracking down on anyone they perceive to be drunk, pedestrians or motorists alike. Officers will be everywhere this weekend, so expect the number of arrests and charges to match the larger-than-normal crowds.
I Was Arrested at Gasparilla 2022—What Should I Do?
Call us as soon as possible. Thomas & Paulk, P.A. has represented thousands of people against criminal charges of all kinds, many of them for DUI or drunk and disorderly conduct at Tampa's famous pirate festival. We're the Gasparilla Pirate Festival lawyers to call if you've gotten in trouble at this weekend. We'll do everything in our power to get you out of jail while fighting your charges, whether you're a Tampa resident or visiting from out-of-state.
Whatever you're facing, let us help. Call (813) 321-7323 for a free consultation 24 hours a day. Let's discuss your options and get you out of trouble as soon as possible.