What you need to know for Gasparilla 2022 – Greeley Tribune

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 on News 10) – Grab your pearls and your pirate uniform because gasparilla season is back this year. Tampa city officials joined first responders to discuss the plans and everything you need to know.

to “29”th In this month, we will attack the city of Tampa!” Shout out to Captain Peter Lackman of Gasparilla’s Ye Mystic Crewe at a press conference on Tuesday. “We’re coming for the keys!”

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After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, one of Tampa’s biggest events is making a comeback. Gasparilla 2022 is set to roll through downtown Tampa.

“We’re back this year. We expect a better and bigger than average parade,” Lackman said.

With more than 4 miles for the children’s parade and more than 6 miles for the main parade route, local law enforcement officials are expecting larger crowds this year. On Tuesday, he announced plans to work with dozens of neighboring agencies to make the major event safer.

“We’ll have our tactical teams out. We’ll have our special agents bomb technicians. We’ll have our intelligence units,” said Michael McPherson, the special agent in charge of the FBI Tampa.

Tampa Fire Chief Barbara Tip says lost children are one of her top concerns each year.

“We recommend that you take a picture of your children. In the rare occasion like this that you are momentarily separated from them, we can send it to every agency that works for the event,” said Tampa Police Department officials. Interim chief Ruben Delgado said.

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And with the Omicron edition still a factor, reporters asked if there was any possibility the parade could be canceled for a second straight year.

“I hope not. I really hope not,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “We are asking everyone to make sure they understand their level of personal responsibility.” are asked to enjoy the festivities from home.

“It’s 200.th Anniversary of the death of pirate Jose Gasparilla,” said Lackman in the video holding up his beaded necklace. “Why am I telling you this? Because this is the bead you want to get.”

“This year, we will not hand over the city of Tampa to those terrible Gasparilla pirates. And that is a fact,” said Mayor Castor.

For up-to-date changes, parking and traffic notices, maps and leads up to the big event, officials say you can text Gasparilla to 888777. This will sign you up for updates sent directly to your phone.

city ​​of tampa website There is also information on parade routes, parking, wait zones, and additional streetcar and bus services offered by HART throughout the season.

The organizers have also compiled useful tips for visitors:

  • Plan each event in advance and know where you are going to park to save time.
  • Once you arrive, officials say that you should choose a meeting place so that if you get separated, you have a place to meet.
  • Text your parking location to your smartphone with a picture of cross-street signs as a reminder of where
    you parked
  • It is highly recommended that if you bring a child, you take a picture of your child on your smart phone on the day of the event. That way, if they get lost, you can send up-to-date pictures to law enforcement as mentioned above.

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Law enforcement agencies around Tampa Bay that are working together to ensure that gasparilla season is safe and fun for all include the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, St. Petersburg Police, Clearwater Police, Bradenton Includes police, alcohol bureau, tobacco. and Beverages, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Lakeland Police, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, New Port Richie Police , Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Plant City Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota Police, State Fire Marshal, Tarpon Springs Police, Temple Terrace Police, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and USF Police.