Tampa celebrates its 100th Gasparilla on Saturday (1/31/15). Tampa’s answer to Mardi Gras celebrates the legend of Jose Gaspar (nicknamed Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in southwest Florida. Gasparilla was founded in 1904. The festival didn’t happen in 1907-09 and was suspended during World War I and II so it’s accurate to say Gasparilla has been held 100 times, just not all in a row.
Gasparilla Parade 1922 over the Kennedy Blvd. Bridge, 1 year before Erehwon was built.