Gasparilla Begins

Added on by Loren Elliott.

The real deal is next weekend, but the festivities kicked off yesterday with a children's parade. Here are a few frames from Bayshore Boulevard. There was no shortage of beads or pirate costumes. 

A young parade-goer gets a lift in hopes of grabbing beads out of the air during the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. 

A young parade-goer gets a lift in hopes of grabbing beads out of the air during the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. 

From left, Emilee Carreras, Dominique Ernewein, Marisa Lama, Jojo Almonte and Valeria Vargas of the Frank Rey Show Dancers kill time before the start of the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. The dance team had its own float and a crew of dancers performed in the street behind it. 

From left, Emilee Carreras, Dominique Ernewein, Marisa Lama, Jojo Almonte and Valeria Vargas of the Frank Rey Show Dancers kill time before the start of the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. The dance team had its own float and a crew of dancers performed in the street behind it. 

People lining the route reach for beads during the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. 

People lining the route reach for beads during the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015.