Sunday, January 27, 2013
The numbers are not yet final, but early reports show 68 arrests and 131 alcohol citations issued at the 2013 Gasparilla celebration, according to a report from the Tampa Police Department.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, January 27
The invasion is over and the numbers are coming in: Tampa Police Department officials say 68 people were arrested during the 2013 Gasparilla celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26. Officers also issued 131 alcohol citations, according to a media release. The numbers, issued at 9:20 p.m. Jan. 26, are not final, TPD spokeswoman Laura McElroy said in an email. Charges for those arrested included misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct, petty theft, possession of marijuana, as well as one charge of giving alcohol to a minor. Three people were charged with felonies: two fictitious IDs and one battery on a law enforcement officer, according to TPD. Thirty-one of the arrests reported thus far were for underage drinking. Two juveniles were arrested, …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Gasparila Parade, invasion and pirate fest street festival is on tap today in Tampa.
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival and parade kicks off 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 26, along Bayshore Boulevard in south Tampa. The free annual celebration features fireworks, floats and food. The parade starts at Bayshore and Bay-to-Bay Boulevards. Here are some things to keep in mind from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest's website: Here's a South Tampa-Hyde Park Patch photo gallery of last year's parade. For more information, click here for a City of Tampa link. If you go, upload your pics and clips here, and take our poll below. Do you plan to go to Gasparilla? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, January 18, 2013
“Zero tolerance” for underage drinking and an emphasis on public safety is what Tampa officials have on tap for the 2013 Gasprailla festivities in Tampa next weekend. Equipment from last summer's Republican National Convention will be put to work again.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, January 18
In effort to combat underage drinking and emphasize public safety during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest next weekend, Tampa officials unveiled a "zero tolerance" campaign on Thursday afternoon. "We want everybody to go home with a neckful of beads and not handcuffs," said Police Chief Jane Castor. During a press conference at the Tampa Police headquarters on Franklin Street, Castor, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia talked of plans to use equipment from the Republican National Convention last summer to keep attendees of the parade along Bayshore Boulevard safe, and methods they implemented to make sure students don't drink during the celebration. "We're using RNC equipment bike teams on the …