National Geographic : 1954 Sep
II ,VA S ( 1i f A I .. " © National Geographic Society 328 Pirate Ships Sail Straight into the Heart of Tampa on Gasparilla Day Like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Gasparilla carnival highlights Tampa's social year. King Gasparilla and his Mystic Krewe, a band of otherwise serious civic leaders, stage a tumultuous "invasion" each February during Florida's State Fair. Flags fly and cannon roar from the flotilla on the Hillsborough River. Landing beneath the city's skyline, the corsairs march in a float-festooned parade through the business district to the fairgrounds.